|Sanitary Sewer System|
Matawan’s sanitary waste system consists of approximately 30 miles of pipeand 10 small lift stations. The topography of the land allows most of the system to operate efficiently with gravity to maintain an ample flow rate. Where a significant change in elevation requires pumping the a lift stations injects the flow to a point in where it can once again continue flowing to the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority’s pumping station, where the effluent leaves town for treatment at Bayshore’s facility in Union Beach.
Why Do Sewers Overflow?
Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) occasionally occur in almost every sewer system, even though systems are intended to collect and contain all the sewage that flows into them. When SSOs happen frequently, it means something is wrong with the system.Problems that can cause chronic SSOs include:
What Health Risks do SSOs Present?
Because SSOs contain raw sewage they can carry bacteria, viruses, protozoa (parasitic organisms), helminths (intestinal worms), and borroughs (inhaled molds and fungi). The diseases they may cause range in severity from mild gastroenteritis (causing stomach cramps and diarrhea) to life-threatening ailments such as cholera, dysentery, infections hepatitis, and severe gastroenteritis.
People can be exposed through:
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)
No Grease Down the Drain
Grease is a byproduct of cooking. It comes from meat, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces and dairy products.
When grease washes down the sink, it sticks to the insides of the pipes that connect your home or business to the city's sewer. It also coats the insides of the city's sewer pipes.
Eventually, the grease can build up until it completely blocks sewer pipes. That can create difficult and expensive maintenance problems for both the city and private property owners.
Blocked sewer pipes can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or business, or overflow into streets and streams.
Garbage disposals don't keep grease out of sewer pipes. Products that claim to dissolve grease may dislodge a blockage, but will only cause problems farther on down the line when the grease hardens again.
Sewer Back Ups
In the event your home or business experiences a sanitary sewer back up, you may get in touch with the Matawan Department of Public Works Monday through Friday 7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. by dialing the following phone numbers:
Matawan Department of Public Works
After Hours Matawan Police: