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Operations & Maintenance - Keeping the System Flowing
Town Center Manhole.pngThe Public Works crew is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 225,000 feet of gravity sewer main, 11,000 feet of pressure main, and the operation and maintenance of two lift stations. The sewer system is cleaned in order to remove the troublesome sand, grease and other restrictions that can cause sewer backups. Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage homes and the environment. 

The City wants to remind our customers that putting fats, oils, grease (FOG) or trash down a sink or toilet can create a situation that is both unhealthy and expensive not only to the City, but to you personally. Putting these materials down a sink or toilet can lead to a clogged
sanitary sewer line. Clogs can then lead to wastewater backing up into your home or business, spilling out onto the streets, and even finding its way into storm drains, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound.

While the City maintains the community-wide sewer system, the sewer line within your own home and on your property out to the sewer main is the responsibility of the property owner. If you find that your home's sewer lines have become clogged with FOG, it may require either do-it-yourself maintenance or assistance from a plumber to clear the blockage.

The City of Lake Forest Park would like to thank the City of Spokane's Wastewater Division for giving us permission to link to an informational video they developed about what will flush.


    City of Spokane's "Will It Flush Video"

    King County Wastewater Treatment Division's "Flushing Awesome"