The City of Greenwood has launched a public education and outreach campaign asking residents to identify and correct illegal sump pump and downspout connections. Such illicit connections occur when sump pumps, downspouts, etc. are tied to the sanitary sewer system rather than properly discharging into the yard, storm swale or stormwater system. The city estimates that nearly 10,000 homes in Greenwood currently have such improper connections.
To help solve this problem, the city has launched the “Find It, Fix It” program to encourage residents to have their homes inspected and illegal connections corrected.
Below are common questions being posed to city staff. For more information, or if you have additional questions, please call 317.865.8238.
Is the City requiring homeowners to get an inspection?
No. We want to offer an incentive for you check your home’s sump pump and downspout connections, and then provide the city with proof of compliance. If sump pumps and downspouts are not connected properly, you are contributing to sewage backups and unnecessary water treatment, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
Is the City providing free inspections?
No, but we want to cover the cost of your inspection, plus a little more toward your next bill. Please note that inspections must be certified by a licensed plumber, home inspector, or professional engineer.
What if I already had an inspection done on my home?
If you participated in the Greenwood’s pilot program and/or have already provided proof of compliance to the city, your account has been marked as being compliant. To verify your status, please call 317.865.8238.
Presentation to plumbers, contractors, realtors and home inspectors:
Why is it important? For starters, it’s illegal.
Sec. 9-10 Regulation of Discharges to Public Sanitary Sewers.
All Greenwood Sanitation Utility Customers are requested to provide a sump pump compliance form on file in the Finance Department, signed off by a certified plumber or home inspector showing that their sump pump is properly connected. If a property has a compliance form on file, and ownership of the property changes, the new owner does not need to show compliance.
Please click the form below for a printable version. If you have further questions, please call 317.865.8238.