Adams Sump Pump Inspections

To minimize the costs associated with wastewater treatment within the City of Adams, the City is seeking to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration to the sanitary sewer treatment system. An effective solution to reduce this potential is to ensure that all residential and business sump pumps are disconnected from the sanitary sewer.

Please verify that your building does not have a sump pump which is improperly connected to City infrastructure. If your sump pump is properly connected, no action is necessary. However, if inadequately connected, please correct this issue at the earliest availability. I&S Group will begin inspections September 30 and all sump pumps must be in compliance prior to inspection.

Inspectors will begin by going house to house, without appointments, looking at connections in basements to insure that when sump pumps are in place, they are properly connected, and that those connections are made with rigid PVC-type pipe, not flexible hoses.

Beginning September 30, inspectors will work Monday through Friday, 7:30 am through 5:30 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am through 4:00 pm. The average inspection will take between 10 and 20 minutes. These door-to-door inspections are the quickest and most cost effective way to inspect a large number of homes in a short time. Homes with a correct connection or system will be issued a “passed inspection” document.

If you are not at home when the inspector arrives, or if it is not convenient for you to allow inspection at that time, a notice will be left with a number you may call to make an appointment. The number will be available at any hour of the day or night. Appointments will be scheduled for Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am through 4:00 pm. If you do not call and make an appointment, we will attempt to contact you to arrange for inspection first by telephone, and then through the mail. All homes and businesses need to be inspected whether or not there is a sump pump. If you do not arrange for a sump pump inspection, a surcharge of $50 per month will be added to your water bill until your home/business is inspected.

During inspection, home/business owners who are found to have incorrectly connected sump pumps will be required to correct the connection and have the installation re-inspected, before being issued a “passed inspection” document. You will have 15 days to correct an improperly installed sump pump and request re-inspection. In addition, a re-inspection fee of $30 will be added to your water bill for each re-inspection necessary. Those who do not correct an improperly installed sump pump will incur a surcharge of $50 per month. This will be added to their water bill each month until the sump pump is correctly installed and they have scheduled and passed inspection.

If you have any questions, please call us at (507) 331-1500 or email Andy Brandel.