Backflow Prevention

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City of Mount Airy customers expect their sanitary sewage to be delivered to the wastewater treatment plants without sewer backups, blockages, and overflows. Backups, blockages, and overflows can create serious problems for the environment resulting in health problems, foul odors, property damage, and pollution of rivers and streams.

Drain Problems

Did you know most sanitary sewer backups occur between your home and the city's sewer main?

You can help prevent a costly and unsanitary overflow by following a few simple steps:

  • Scrape excess grease in a waste container and dispose of it in the garbage
  • Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with solid wastes, or start a compost pile; promote use of scraping ware prior to washing
  • Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of solid wastes
  • Promote the concept of "3R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Do not:

  • Pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the drain
  • Use the toilet as a wastebasket
  • Use the sewer as a means of disposing food scraps