About Sewer Services

Wastewater from homes and businesses travels through miles of sewer lines to get to our Lakota and Redondo Wastewater Treatment Plants. The sewer system, or wastewater collection system, consists of 312 miles of sewer lines (including gravity pipe and pressurized force mains and 32 pump stations including 3 that Lakehaven Water and Sewer District maintains under contract with the City of Edgewood.

Our Wastewater Operation and Field Operation departments work together to operate and maintain the sewer system, including cleaning sewer mains, conducting smoke and dye testing to reduce infiltration and inflow, and other corrective and preventative maintenance activities.


 

Public Sewer System vs. Private Plumbing 

Who's Responsible?

 

            underground pipes depicting cut-offs at joints where district and residents responsibility starts and ends                    

Lakehaven Water and Sewer District owns and operates sewer mains in the public right of way. We are not responsible for private plumbing systems or the sewer line between the sewer main and your home.


 
  
What Not to Flush

 
If you're wondering what you should and shouldn't flush, here’s a good rule of thumb:
Only flush pee, poo and toilet paper! When you use the toilet to dispose of things that should go in the trash, you risk clogging your home’s sewer pipes and our sewer lines in the street. 
Underground water pipes indicating where district and resident responsibility starts and stops
In severe cases, clogs can cause sewer back-ups in your home or overflows in the street. It’s important to remember that whatever goes down the toilet can potentially impact the water environment, so if in doubt, trash it!

Wipes and Grease Clog Pipes



The two biggest causes of sewer clogs are “flushable” wipes and fats, oil and grease (FOG). 
 
Wipes Clog Pipes Unlike toilet paper, which breaks down quickly in water, wet wipes remain intact and tangle into massive clogs that jam pumps and block pipes. Even those labeled "flushable" should not be flushed.

Grease cools as it travels through pipes. Over time, the accumulation of grease can block pipes, and other fatty substances contribute to clogs, so dispose of all fats, oils, and grease in the trash, not down the drain.