Sump pump redirect

In Lexington, our sanitary and storm sewer systems are separate. Rainwater should only be directed to the storm sewer. An improper rainwater connection allows rainwater and groundwater to leak into to the sanitary sewer.

These items should be connected to the storm sewer:
• Sump pumps
• Downspouts
• Foundation drains
• Outside stairwells
• Driveway drains

How do improper connections cause problems for the sanitary sewer system?
During an average rainfall, the typical amount of runoff from a house is 1,000 gallons. During a rainstorm, it only takes FOUR improperly connected sump pumps in a neighborhood to cause sewer overflows.

Why is it important to remove improper connections?
Removing improper connections will keep the sanitary sewer system from becoming overloaded. This can help reduce sanitary sewer overflows of raw sewage into streets, yards and streams.

What is a sump pump? 
A sump pump is used to remove groundwater in basements that are prone to flooding. Sump pumps direct water away from the house to an area that can accommodate the water.

What should I do if I think my sump pump is connected to the sanitary sewer system?
Please call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 to request that Water Quality perform an inspection.

What should I do if I receive a letter about my sump pump?
The letter will include instructions about setting up an appointment with a city inspector. If your sump pump is found to be connected to the sanitary sewer, the city will pay up to $3000 for a plumber to disconnect your sump pump from the sanitary sewer.