Johnson City Sewer Department
243 Main Street
Johnson City, New York 13790
Phone: (607) 797-3031
Fax: (607) 798-9553
The Sewer Department consists of four (4) full time employees, a Foreman who is also the Street Foreman and a Deputy Superintendent of Public Works who also oversees the Street, Refuse, Parks and Mechanics. There is one Account Clerk Typist that is responsible for payroll, personnel, time-off, billings/invoices and customer service for Streets, Sewer, Mechanics, Parks and Refuse.
The Sewer Department is responsible for approximately sixty (60) miles of pipes, one pump station located on Brown Street, and two (2) Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO's) structures that are located along the Susquehanna River and operate the sewer system within the requirements of the NYSDEC.
The Village owns equipment capable of visually inspecting and cleaning sewer laterals between the building and the main sewer line. If there is a sewer problem in the lateral between the road edge and the sewer main, the Village will clear the lateral. If the problem is located between the building and the road edge, the owner has the option to hire a plumber or allow the Village to clear the lateral for a cost of $80.00. If it is discovered that the sewer lateral is damaged or in need of repair, the responsibility is that of the homeowner.
If a sewer odor becomes noticeable, check the basement floor drain. If it is dry, place water into the drain
There are two things that you can do to aid in eliminating sewer backups. First, have a plug available to plug the floor drain and second, periodically check the cleanout cap on your sewer pipe to ensure it is secure and in good condition.
PERMITS REQUIRED FOR WORK IN THE VILLAGE RIGHT-OF-WAY
Please take notice that in accordance with Village Code §240-31. Permit Required - It shall be unlawful for any person to make or cause or permit to be made or caused any excavation or opening in or under the surface or pavement of any permit area or to perform any work within the permit area without having first obtained a permit. PERMIT AREA - The area within the right-of-way lines of any village street and any road or highway (typically this is the area from back of sidewalk to the edge of the road).
What does all this mean? – If you want to do any work, such as removing the grass between your sidewalk and curb, you must first contact the DPW at 797-3031.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS PERMITS
Permit applications must be obtained directly from the DPW office. If the permit requires the applicant to be a licensed plumber, please be prepared to show proof of a valid, current Johnson City Plumbing License and proof of the required insurances.
Pursuant to Section 222-82 of the Village Code, roof leaders are not allowed to be connected to the sanitary sewer. If you are unsure if your roof leaders are connected to the sanitary sewer, please contact the Sewer Department at 797-3031 to set up an appointment.
TO HELP THE VILLAGE'S ENVIRONMENT
Johnson City needs the help of all of its residents to keep our sewer system running properly. By following the guidelines below, you can help avoid repeated repairs and unnecessary disruptions to residences and businesses.
PROPERLY DISPOSE OF COOKING OIL & GREASE
Cooking oil and grease are wastes that the Village's sewer system cannot handle and shall not be discarded down the drain. Dumping grease, fats, and oil can clog sewer lines, causing sewage back-ups and flooding. Sewage back-ups can damage personal and public property. Here's how you can help.
DO NOT dump cooking oil, poultry fat and grease into the kitchen sink, the toilet bowl, sewer lines /cleanouts or catchbasins.
DO place cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats in sealed non-recyclable containers and discard with your regular garbage.
As part of the E.P.A.’s Cleanwater Act, a new federal law, known as “Stormwater Phase II”, has been implemented.
Phase I covered large cities and construction sites greater than five (5) acres. Phase II, which includes Johnson City, covers the majority of urbanized areas and construction activities disturbing one (1) or more acres.
As part of the Village’s Phase II Permit six (6) minimum measures must be achieved. These areas include:
For more information, look on the following websites:
Sewer bill is based on your water consumption every three months.
|Year of Rate Change||Minimum Bill (0-1,000 cubic feet)||Cost per 100 cubic feet over the 1,000 c.f. minimum|
|2014||$40.00 = $0.005/gallon||$4.25|
|2018||$50.00 = $0.007/gallon||$5.25|
Answers to Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program. November 1997