Wastewater Safety Tips

What is a Sewer Overflows

A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) is a discharge of untreated wastewater, sometimes mixed with rainwater, which overflows from the sewer system on the ground. If you see an overflow, avoid contact and call Hallsdale-Powell Utility at (865)922-7547.

What are the major causes of sewer overflows?

  • Defective private laterals (underground pipe that connects a residence or business to the sewer system)
  • Power Outages
  • Roots and Grease
  • Blockages
  • Vandalism
  • Inflow and Infiltration
  • Flooding during wet weather events
Sewer Overflow
Prevent Sewer Backups

You can prevent sewer backups and costly plumbing bills by adhering to a few simple rules.

1. Wipe pans and plates into the trash before washing. When hand washing greasy kitchen ware, use cold water to prevent even small amounts of fats, oils, or grease from clinging to your pipes before hardening.

Keep Fats, Oils, & Grease Out Of Your Drain

2. Collect and recycle used cooking oil.

Prevent Clogs! Collect & Recycle Grease

3. The toilet should only be used for three things: pee, poop, and toilet paper! Wipes are not flushable regardless of their claims. Wipes belong in the trash, not the toilet.

The Only Wipes You Can Flush!
Medicine Take Back

Medicines such as prescription pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications (antibiotics, antidepressants, vitamins, cough syrup, or pain medication) put down the drain or the toilet lead to water contamination and pollution. Improper drug disposal has a negative impact on humans, streams, drinking water, wildlife, and agriculture.

Got Drugs?

There are many local medication drop-off locations that take unused and expired medication. For a collection site near you, visit: https://takebackday.dea.gov/