The New Albany Public Service Department maintains more than 60 miles of sewer lines that connect to 3,600 individual customers. These sewer lines are located mainly in the street right-of-way or public easements and are generally connected to sanitary fixtures inside properties, including toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, and washing machines. Nearly all interior plumbing inside a property (excepting the sump pump) is used to transport waste water from the property to city sanitary sewer pipes, and ultimately, to the City of Columbus to be treated at their wastewater treatment plant.
New Albany public service crews routinely inspect sewer lines by utilizing a remote “sewer cam” video camera and prioritize maintenance and replacement schedules based on years of collected data and analysis. As part of this maintenance, crews may conduct tests to identify cracks that can cause sewer leaks. Cleanings occur when grease, roots or other deposits cause clogs within sewer lines. Crews may also routinely power wash sewer main lines in known trouble areas even when there are no evident problems to clear pipes for proper flow and remove slight obstructions.
When sanitary sewer maintenance is necessary, New Albany public service crews will notify residents of the work to be done in their neighborhood. When possible, all cleaning will be conducted on public property, but workers may be required to access back yard or side yard easements as some manholes are located in these easements (for more information about manhole maintenance, please view the Sewer Manhole Maintenance section below i). Homeowners do not need to be home for crews to perform this work and crews will not need to enter homes.