December 3, 2013 - Cold Weather Prep
If the temperature is below freezing for an extended period of time, you may want to consider leaving an inside tap dripping to prevent frozen water lines.
We have had several questions from local residents about the sewers and manholes. There are not problems currently. The public Works department is inspecting the manholes.
The utility bill this month includes the recent increase in sewer fees. The new sewer fee is $59.50, passed during the October 10, 2013 City Council meeting. The Mayor and City Council members have committed to look for every opportunity to provide additional income for the Sewer Department.
Your home’s sewer is connected to the sewer system main (a large pipe running under the street) via a pipe known as a lateral that extends from your home, across your property, and into the sewer
main. The homeowner is responsible for maintenance of this lateral. Blockages in the lateral are always bad news for the homeowner. Blockages can cause the flow of waste from the home into the sewer main to slow or stop completely. Good habits include, never dumping cooking grease down the drain, never flush non soluble material down the drain (feminine hygiene products, food, rags, diapers, wipes, food scraps, etc.). Always contact a licensed plumber if you are experiencing problems with your system. Also be aware it is illegal to run storm water into the sanitary sewer system. The storm water can cause severe damage to the system.
Residents are also asked to lower the clean out stub, located at or near the property line, to ground level so they are not being hit or broken off by vehicles, lawnmowers or tractor blades. The city will not be responsible for repairing or replacing broken stubs. Make sure they are capped to prevent debris from plugging the sewer lateral and causing costly sewer back ups. Metal or plastic caps or even sprinkler boxes can be used to cover the clean-out stubs and are available at most home improvement stores.
CCRs (Consumer Confidence Report)
Bills are sent out the 5th of each month and are due by the 20th of each month. For your convenience a payment drop box is located on the west side of City Hall, for making payments after City Office hours. Payments received after the 25th are subject to $5.00 in late charges.
As reported in the news, popular pre-moistened bathroom wipes often advertised as flush-able are being blamed for sewer clogs and backups in sewer systems. Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet ok but do not break down as they course through the system. Please be mindful of what you put through the sewer system.
It won’t be long until the beautiful red and yellow leaves are gone and the snow begins to fly. The Willard City Maintenance crew requests residents clean debris off of the city right-of- way and move vehicles and trailers from city streets for snow removal. Please do not push snow from driveways and walks into the streets as it freezes and creates hazardous conditions for motorists. Also, please remove garbage cans from the road as soon as possible after a snow storm. Residents are also requested to keep the meter clear of snow and other materials in case an emergency arises and the meter needs to be turned off.