What is a surcharged sewer?
A surcharged sewer is when the sewer line cannot release the amount of water (or sewage) fast enough so it begins to back up into the sewer system and / or privately owned lines.

Surcharged sewers originate mainly from three different causes:
- Extraneous water entering the system through illegal connection.
- Restrictions in the City owned sanitary sewer lines or privately owned lines. These restrictions can be caused by a total or partial collapse in the pipes, misaligned joints, intrusion of tree roots, grease and oil products and miscellaneous items that make there way in to the sewer system.
- A combination of the items above.

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1. Is the City of Republic's water system fluoridated / chlorinated?
2. What is the hardness of the water within the City?
3. What is a sanitary sewer?
4. What is a storm sewer?
5. What is a surcharged sewer?
6. What is an illegal connection?
7. What are the different types of illegal connections
8. Where should storm drainage from downspouts, sump pump and / or other drain appurtenances be directed if it can't be discharged to the sanitary sewer?
9. Why is it important for everyone to remove illegal connections?
10. How can surcharged sanitary sewers cause flooding of my home or business?
11. How can I help prevent flooding of my home or business?
12. Do illegal connections really contribute large amounts of extraneous water to the sanitary sewer system?
13. How does the City of Republic identify illegal connections?
14. If I have an illegal connection, what do I do to correct it?
15. I've never had any flooding due to surcharged sewer. Why should I remove my illegal connections?
16. Is the requirement to remove illegal connections unique to Republic?