Sump Pump/Roof Drain Notice


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources monitors and regulates the amount of water that is bypassed from our sanitary sewer system. IDNR has issued a Notice of Violation of IAC 567 62.1(1) to the City because of the excess water draining in the sanitary sewer due to the improper drainage of sump pumps and roof drains. Violations can lead to fines to the City. The purpose of this notice is to inform and educate residents of the issue in hopes of rectifying the situation. The following Britt Ordinance pertains to water from sump pumps or roof drains:

1. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, including interior and exterior foundation drains, uncontaminated cooling water, or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer. Storm water, and all other unpolluted drainage from sump pumps must drain on residential property so as not to discharge into the street, storm sewers or abutting property. Applications may be canceled and/or sewer service discontinued by the City for any violation of any rule, regulation or condition of service, and especially for any of the following reasons:
a. Misrepresented in the application as to the property or fixtures to be serviced by the sanitary sewer system.
b. Non-payment of bills.
c. Improper or imperfect service pipes and fixtures, or failure to keep same in suitable state of repair.

Sump pumps and roof drains cannot drain into the sanitary sewer system. Nor can sump pumps and roof drains drain into the public street, a storm sewer, or onto abutting property. If the water you’re your sump pump or roof drain is running into the public street, a storm sewer or onto a neighbor’s property, you must stop it immediately. The Superintendent of Public Works has agreed to do inspections of homes upon request of the homeowner. The City reserves the right to do random checks to ensure there is proper disposal of storm water.

If the Superintendent of Public Works determines there is improper drainage from the sump pump or roof drains, the homeowner will be given 30 days to contact the City with detailed plans as how water from sump pumps or roof drains will be disposed of properly. Homeowners will then be given 60 days from the contact date to make the necessary changes. Failure to comply can result in a Municipal Infraction with a fine of up to $750 per day. Please contact City Hall at 641-843-4433 with question or to schedule a walk-through with the Public Works Director.

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