What is an illegal connection?
An illegal connection is a connection that permits extraneous storm-related water (water from sources other than sanitary fixtures and floor drains) to enter the sanitary sewer system. The extraneous storm-related water is water that should be going to the storm sewer or allowed to soak into the ground without entering the sanitary sewer.

Water from drain lines of swimming pools, condensation of air conditioning systems, refrigeration systems or dehumidifiers are also restricted from entry into the sanitary sewer system.

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1. Is the City of Republic's water system fluoridated / chlorinated?
2. What is the hardness of the water within the City?
3. What is a sanitary sewer?
4. What is a storm sewer?
5. What is a surcharged sewer?
6. What is an illegal connection?
7. What are the different types of illegal connections
8. Where should storm drainage from downspouts, sump pump and / or other drain appurtenances be directed if it can't be discharged to the sanitary sewer?
9. Why is it important for everyone to remove illegal connections?
10. How can surcharged sanitary sewers cause flooding of my home or business?
11. How can I help prevent flooding of my home or business?
12. Do illegal connections really contribute large amounts of extraneous water to the sanitary sewer system?
13. How does the City of Republic identify illegal connections?
14. If I have an illegal connection, what do I do to correct it?
15. I've never had any flooding due to surcharged sewer. Why should I remove my illegal connections?
16. Is the requirement to remove illegal connections unique to Republic?