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Are sewer leaks and overflow causing contamination in your community?

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Summer storms can be refreshing for your flowers and your lawn—especially after weeks of blaring sun and heat. But heavy storms also wash everything that was once on your driveway and on the roads into your municipality’s stormwater collection system.

If your system is older and maybe a little more worse for wear—as many infrastructure systems in North America are—then leaks can happen. This likely means that pipe joints or connections between pipes and structures are broken, erosion of surrounding soil could be happening, and a sink hole could occur. Worse still, if your municipality has a combined sewer overflow like many do, then a rush of stormwater could cause wastewater to flow into streams, lakes and other waterways, and could even make its way into groundwater. 

This contamination can be catastrophic. A combined stormwater sewer overflow can affect the health of residents and damage the environment. It can make water undrinkable and unlivable for wildlife. And the expense of clean-up is passed on to the municipality. As water losses increase, the overall cost of operations rises. 

Leaking pipelines need to be remediated and built with watertight connections between pipe sections and when they connect to concrete structures. One of the best ways to achieve a watertight pipe connection is with a rubber gasket that has been tested to ensure performance and has been installed correctly. 

You can prevent leaks and overflow by making sure you have a system with watertight connections for minimal losses.

See how we’ve modeled this and other wastewater system challenges in our 3D Underground World.