Robert A. Bennett

Director of Public Services

Michael Sherba

Supervisor of Public Works

Johnson City Sewer Department
243 Main Street
Johnson City, New York 13790

Phone: (607) 797-3031
Fax: (607) 798-9553

Johnson City Sewer Department

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.

Click here for information about the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Plant. You may also visit their website here.

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.


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.


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.

  • Excavations Permits - $5.00 for the first day plus an additional $1.00 per day for every day of the job length; for all contractors who are digging in the Village Right-Of-Way
  • Street Permit - $5.00 for the first day plus an additional $1.00 per day for every day of the job length for contractors or individuals who are blocking the Village Right-Of-Way for any reason (examples - Dumpster in roadway, barricades, construction equipment on roadway or sidewalks)
  • Sewer Permits - $35.00 for replacing, repairing or installing a new exterior sewer lateral. The applicant must be a plumber licensed in the Village of JC.
  • Storm Water Drainage Work - $25.00 for contractors, or individuals who are doing any type of drainage work on their property that redirects or effects the flow of water. Single dwelling homes must submit a drawing of work being done. Businesses or multi-family homes must submit plans/drawings to the Director of Public Services for approval before any permit is issued.
  • Water Line Permits - $10.00 for replacing, repairing or installing a new exterior water line lateral. The applicant must be a plumber licensed in the Village of JC.

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.

Grease Disposal Tips


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.


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:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Involvement and Participation
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
  4. Construction Site Runoff Control
  5. Post-Construction Runoff Control
  6. Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping

SWMP (Storm Water Management Program)

  • Never dump anything down storm drains/catchbasins.
  • Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks and roads.
  • Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
  • Compost your yardwaste or put it out to the curb for collection.
  • Do not blow grass or leaves clippings into the street.
  • Avoid pesticides; learn about Integrated Pest Management.
  • Direct downspouts away from paved areas.
  • Take your car to a carwash instead of washing it in your driveway.
  • Check your car for leaks and recycle motor oil.
  • Pick up after your pet.

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



The project aims to improve flood protection for the Village, located in Broome County

New York, NY (November 12, 2014) – The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) today announced a $950,000 project that aims to repair damaged infrastructure and improve stormwater management for the Village of Johnson City. The project, which was developed by the Broome NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Planning Committee, seeks to address erosion caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The effort will replace a damaged concrete-encased sewer main, which if compromised, could release untreated effluent into the creek– and ultimately– into the Finch Hollow Stormwater Retention Facility 1. The initiative will also rehabilitate approximately 3,500 feet of drainage ditch to eliminate erosion at 50 residential properties and increase holding capacity of the retention facility. The drainage ditch is located to the east of and parallel to Anna Maria Drive.

“The Anna Maria Drive Ditch Stormwater Management Project will serve to mitigate risks to the Village of Johnson City, while demonstrating the tremendous promise of proposals generated through the Community Reconstruction Program,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “When we first developed the program, we did so with the belief that locally-oriented strategies are our best path toward a more resilient future. We are seeing the process work in a great and effective way.”

As an incorporated village within the Town of Union, Johnson City is located just west of Binghamton and north of the Susquehanna River. In 2011, back-to-back storms Lee and Irene caused severe damage to the region, contributing to widespread flooding of the Susquehanna, which runs through three states and measures 464-miles-long. With Lee delivering the hardest punch, Broome County was saturated with 12 inches of rain during what has been identified as the worst flood in the history of the Southern Tier. The river crested up to four feet higher than the previous record, and for the first time, overtopped levees and floodwalls. Numerous roads were impassible or entirely washed out, stormwater and sewer utility systems were overloaded, damaging pump systems or causing total failure. In total, Irene and Lee destroyed 229 homes, damaged more than 9,000 homes and caused approximately $502.8 million in property damage in Broome County. The NYS Office of Emergency Services estimates that 24,000 people were evacuated from the region, with 2,000 individuals receiving temporary shelter for up to 15 days. Over an eight-month period following the storms, Broome County was one of 50 communities (representing more than 100 localities) to participate in the State’s $650 million NYRCR Program. Managed by GOSR, NYRCR is a grassroots planning and implementation process that strives to empower storm-impacted communities to rebuild, while becoming stronger and more resilient. Altogether, more than 500 participants serve on NYRCR Committees throughout the State, having proposed approximately 600 projects with an aggregate cost of more than $800 million. Each participating community was allocated between $3 million and $25 million to implement eligible projects that incorporate and capitalize on local needs, strengths, and challenges. This past summer, New York State launched “Round 2” of the program, extending the opportunity to 16 new communities.

“The Anna Maria Drive Ditch Stormwater Management Project is not only an important step forward for the Village of Johnson City, but also for our Community Reconstruction Program as a whole,” said Executive Director of Storm Recovery, Jamie Rubin. “As we move toward implementation, we know it will be especially gratifying to see the project come to fruition. It is just the beginning of many more to come.”

“Having seen the water damage done by the stream that borders the properties on Anna Maria Drive, it is clear to me that this project deserves top priority in Johnson City’s project improvement list,” said Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston. “We thank the Governor and the State for providing funding for this very important priority and  I certainly hope the Village pursues completion of this project as quickly as possible using the Community Rising funds.”

“Participating in the Community Reconstruction Program has been a great opportunity for Johnson City,” said Village of Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie. “However, seeing this project move forward toward completion is a great achievement for all of those involved. This will help the area of our community impacted by this project to be better prepared for years to come.”

In order to carry out the stormwater management project, New York State has executed a Subrecipient Agreement (SRA) with the Village of Johnson City. The project will work to stabilize the drainage structure to reduce risk of localized flooding to downstream residents and businesses, as well as decrease stormwater runoff, protect riverine ecosystems and limit contributing to flood waters.

“As this project moves forward, it serves to exemplify the outstanding potential and results of the grassroots Community Reconstruction Program,” said Gail Domin, Co-Chair of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Committee. “Through the bottom-up process, we have banded together as a community and worked collaboratively to produce a more resilient future for the Village of Johnson City, Broome County and the Southern Tier. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Established in June 2013, GOSR coordinates Statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Community Reconstruction, and Infrastructure programs, GOSR invests more than $4 billion made available through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) CDBG-DR Program to better prepare New York for future extreme weather events.

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