What You Can Do
Top Tips For Protecting Florida’s Waters
Sanitary Sewer Overflows
What You Can Do At Home
A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) is any overflow, spill, release, discharge or diversion of untreated or partially treated wastewater from a sanitary sewer system. A sanitary sewer overflow can introduce wastewater onto streets and into stormwater systems where it impacts surface waterbodies such lakes, rivers and estuaries. SSOs can also cause wastewater to back-up in toilets, sinks and drains before it can reach a treatment facility. By taking the proper steps you can help to reduce the overall impact that SSOs have on the environment and local infrastructure.
These steps include:
- not washing fats, oils or grease down the drain;
- minimizing water use during heavy rain storms; and
- minimizing water use during power outages.