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Forest Hills Metropolitan District

Sewer System

Our District collects wastewater from homes, returns it to the treatment plant located near I-70 where it goes through a multi-step waste aerobic and anaerobic digestion processes.

Wastewater is chemically treated to destroy any remaining bacteria and clear water is finally returned to the local watershed. Periodically, sludge is removed using tank trucks for further processing and environmentally safe disposal.

What can and cannot be flushed?

The only items that can be flushed into our sewers are human waste, toilet paper, water, and soaps or detergents from dishwashing, bathing, and laundry.

Items that must not be flushed include, but are not limited to, oils and grease, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, medications, feminine hygiene products, cigarettes, excess food waste, plastic, cat litter, solvents, chemicals, or building materials. These items can clog and contaminate our collection and treatment facility and result in extra cost to every homeowner.  Costs can be recovered by the District should a homeowner be found responsible.

What to do if there is a sewer backup?

The main line into the home and all internal fixtures are the homeowner’s responsibility. Unless sewage is seen flowing from a manhole cover indicating a system backup, it is advisable to contact your own plumber first to identify source of the backup. Homeowners may be subject to charges if ORC is called and the problem is not caused by the main sewer system.