What is Wastewater?
Wastewater is used water. It includes substances such as human body waste, food scraps, oils, soaps and chemicals. In homes, this includes water from sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. Businesses and industries also contribute their share of used water that must be cleaned.
The wastewater collection system is carefully maintained by pressure cleaning. Specialized vehicles house hoses and nozzles that scour the insides of the collection mains to remove built up grease, grit and roots. This type of pressure cleaning helps to ensure that the collected wastewater continues to flow downstream to the wastewater treatment sites.
The Wastewater Collection staff is responsible for operating, maintaining, and repairing approximately 430 miles of collection mains which includes the inspection of approximately 4,000 manholes.
It is often necessary to drain a pool to make repairs. Buckeye prohibits the disposal of swimming pool water into the street or directly into a sewer manhole. The City encourages the reuse of swimming pool water to irrigate landscaping on the resident’s property.
If you have more water than can be used to irrigate landscaping, the City does not prohibit draining the pool into the City sewer system provided that the property owner utilizes the sewer clean-out on the property. Residents utilizing the sewer clean-out option to drain a swimming pool must understand that the property owner is liable for any backup or other damage caused by draining a swimming pool into the City sewer.
A sewer clean-out is part of the property owner’s plumbing. A sewer clean-out is described as two (2) six inch (6″) caps about a foot apart with an octagon nut on top. They can be located in either the front or back yard, usually near a bathroom. A sewer clean-out is commonly used by plumbing professionals to clear sewer line backups. Homes less than twenty (20) years old normally have a sewer clean-out installed by the contractor who built the house. Homes older than twenty (20) years old may not have a sewer clean-out unless the homeowner had one installed.
Some homeowners have difficulty finding their sewer clean-out. This occurs because landscape changes over the years and may have covered up the sewer clean-out. Sewer clean-outs are part of the private plumbing associated with the property.
The City of Buckeye does not have any records that show where the sewer clean-out is located on private property.
The City does not treat privately owned sewer systems on private property or any part of the storm drain system.
If insects have entered your home it is recommended that you contact a private pest control company. Pests are drawn to food and water, eliminating these sources is the first step towards a pest free home.
Make sure that all drains in your home are used at least once per week. Regular usage maintains a water barrier in the P-trap (the U-shaped pipe underneath each sink and fixture). This will also prevent vapors and pests that may be in the line between your home and the main sewer system, from entering the home through the plumbing.
If you are experiencing a problem of this nature you may also pour one cup of household bleach down each drain in your home. Doing this will flush out any pests within your sewer pipes and make the water in the P-traps undrinkable for any pests that may be using the sinks and drains as a “watering hole”.
The City’s potable water is ‘conveyed’ or ‘distributed’ within its designated service areas to homes and businesses via pipes located in streets or right-of-ways. Pipes vary in size from 2 to 36 inches in diameter.
The Water Distribution Division is responsible for approximately 200 miles of distribution piping, water valve and hydrants within the City of Buckeye’s designated service areas.
If you have any questions or would like any further information about wastewater treatment, our staff are more than happy to assist, please contact us at 623-349-6800.