Dear Village Resident,
Recently we had two large sewer backups in our systems. We are diligent in our annual sewer line cleaning however there are situations that we cannot control, but you can help.
Many household products are labeled and marketed as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE; many baby and adult personal hygiene products, along with household wipes and cleaning towelettes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of items have the ability to clog not only the sewer line on your property, but also can cause blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and pump stations.
Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on‐site sewer, especially older pipelines that may have greases, roots, or other obstructions already existing. A repair of the on‐site sewer line can leave the home owner with a very costly sewer repair.
On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the main collector lines and get tangled in pump stations requiring repair or replacement of equipment.
If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at (518) 393-2159.
Thank you for your cooperation.
David J. Bucciferro