Wastewater

The Wastewater Division handles all wastewater that originates from homes, businesses and public buildings within South Salt Lake's service area. We make sure wastewater is properly collected, routed through sewer lines and treated. This is essential to preventing public health hazards and keeping our city in compliance with City, State and Federal regulations.

What We Do

The Wastewater Division collects wastewater from our service area and conducts it to the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility where it is treated and discharged into Mill Creek. We operate and maintain the entire South Salt Lake wastewater collection system, which includes day-to-day repairs and maintenance, along with larger capital projects.

We provide service to approximately 1/2 of the City. The Mount Olympus Improvement District provides service to the southern half of the city. 

Both service areas rely on the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility (CVWRF) in South Salt Lake to treat our wastewater. Your sewer utility fee covers both piping and treating wastewater.

We view our work as an investment in the health and well-being of the South Salt Lake community. Our team works hard to make sure everything is running smoothly, responding to emergencies and day-to-day maintenance needs. And though wastewater often flies under the radar - until your toilet is backing up - wastewater issues present a serious risk to residents of the city, as well as our environment and businesses.

Fees

Refer to the Utility Billing page for Sewer Billing current rate sheet.

How You Can Help

Flushable WipesAging wastewater systems are a nationwide challenge, and ours is no exception. Most of the pipes we use today were originally installed between the 1940s and the 1970s, that means these pipes are between 50 and 80 years old. They need to be treated with care and respect to last.

Your continued support helps us handle all of the following:

  • "Black water" collection from toilets
  • "Gray water" collection from showers
  • "Gray water" collection from sinks
  • Conveying wastewater to the CVWRF
  • Repairing and maintaining the sewer collection system
  • Regular cleaning of the entire sewer system
  • Long-term repair and upgrade projects to our sewer system.
  • Repairs and maintenance at the Central Valley treatment facility

Please DO NOT Flush:

  • Flushable Wipes
    Despite No Wipes In Pipestheir name, flushable wipes are not flushable, nor are any other types of wipes. They do not break down in the sewer system. They can cause problems in your service line to the street, the main line and at the treatment plant. They are also a magnet for other waste and debris, creating buildup and blockages that can back your sewer up.
  • Prescription drugs
    Wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to filter dissolved prescription drugs from wastewater. This can negatively impact aquatic wildlife once the treated water enters back into the local watershed, including the Jordan River. Instead of flushing your prescriptions, please use safe drop-off locations. The South Salt Lake Police Department has more information.
  • Cooking grease
    Pouring cooking grease down your sink can cause serious issues for your home's sewer system, as well as the main line. Grease solidifies when it makes contact with cold water, which will happen at some point as it travels down the pipeline. Put all fats, oils, grease, and grit into your garbage can. It also helps your sewer to put food scraps (even vegetable trimmings) into the garbage or compost.

For a full list of flushing guidelines, please see the CVWRF Webpage.

Report a Problem

Typically, sewer issues result in a backup. If you notice sewage backing up into your toilet, basement, pooling on the ground, or coming up through a manhole, please call us immediately and report the exact location of the problem.

For any issues with Stormwater, please reach out to the Stormwater Division by calling 801-483-6045.

Remember to always call Blue Stakes before you dig.

NOTICES

Recent Sewer Upgrade Projects

  • 300 East Sewer Improvements: In 2023, the City installed approximately 4,489-feet of new 12-inch PVC sewer pipeline with manholes along 300 East from Haven Avenue to Leslie Avenue, Leslie Avenue, Leslie Avenue to 2700 South, 300 East to State Street, and State Street. The total length of pipe includes relacing existing 8 and 10-inch sewers, by-pass pumping, surface restoration, reconnection of sewer laterals, and incidental work to provide a functioning sewer system.
  • West Temple Sewer Improvements: In 2023, the City installed approximately 1,848-feet of new 30-inch GFRP sewer pipeline with manholes along West Temple Street, and 2400 South to Utopia Avenue.  The total length of pipe includes replacing existing 18 sewers, by-pass pumping, surface restoration, reconnection of service laterals, installing 75-feet of 30-inch pipe with 40-inch new steel casing jack and bored under UTA tracks, and incidental work to provide a functioning sewer system. Also, the rehabilitation of 1,951-feet of 15-inch VCP and 188-feet of 18-inch VCP sewer trunk line from 2700 South to 2400 South utilizing CIPP and open cut construction of point repairs including the reinstatement of service laterals.