When a sanitary lateral in connected to the stormwater sewer pipe, it is called an illicit connection. These are problems because stormwater is not treated before going to our water.
How We Find Illicit Connections
There are 105 outfalls in Barberton. Every year the Summit County Health Department will dry weather screen a number of our outfalls. Dry weather screening is performed when there has been at least 48 hours without rainfall. If flow is observed from the outfall during dry weather screening, it will be sampled and taken to a lab for analysis.
Once a dry weather flow has been determined to be an illicit discharge, the next step is to work ”upstream” from the location of the outfall - that is moving up the drainage system to the first manhole. The manhole is checked to see if there is evidence of flow. If flow is observed, a sample is taken and we move to the next manhole upstream. We continue until little or no flow is observed.