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Is it legal to connect a basement sump pump into my home's sanitary sewer pipe?
No, basement sump pumps, roof drains and other sources of clean rain or groundwater are not to be discharged to the sanitary sewer. These discharges are illegal in Bristol, and all other Connecticut municipalities. The excess water can quickly overload the pipes and pumps in the city's collection system and contribute to sewer overflows and basement flooding during rain storms. Sump pumps and roof gutter drains should be discharged on the ground surface or in drywells. With the proper permitting they can also be discharge directly into the city's stormwater drains.

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1. Is it legal to connect a basement sump pump into my home's sanitary sewer pipe?
2. What do I do in the event of a sanitary sewer blockage or backup?
3. Can I put fats, oils, or greases down the drain?
4. Can I dispose of “disposable wipes” by flushing them down the toilet?
5. What should I do if I see water flowing onto the street from a round manhole cover in the road?
6. If I notice a missing, damaged, or noisy manhole cover (loose fitting) what do I do?
7. Will my home owners cover the costs involved in the event of a blockage or backup in my lateral pipe?

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