Water Utilities Field Operation - Sewer Maintenance

About Us:

The Department of Water, Division of Water Utilities Field Operations Sewer Maintenance Bureau operates and maintains a separate wastewater collection system (WWCS) and separate storm sewer system (MS4) within the corporate limits of the City of Dayton. The WWCS is comprised of a network of gravity sewers and pumping stations that convey wastewater to an advanced wastewater treatment plant operated by the Department of Water, Division of Water Reclamation. The MS4 is comprised of a gravity piping system and pumping stations that convey storm water runoff to rivers, streams and waterways during rain events. The Sewer Maintenance Bureau also operates a series of flood control pumping stations and flood control valves/gates constructed as part a levee system along the major river corridors that run through Dayton.

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Our Mission is to enhance and maintain the City's Sanitary and Storm Sewer System in the most reliable and cost effective manner. We are committed to demonstrating the highest quality maintenance standards in the industry to ensure continued health, safety, and welfare of our entire community.

Contact Information:

David Shade, (Acting) Division Manager 333-4915

Hours of Operation:

7:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays

Facts about the Division

  • The Dayton Sewer System came into existence due to a City Council decision in 1889 to pave the downtown streets. Construction on the system began in 1890 with early maintenance provided by the Sewer Inspection Office.
  • The Division of Sewer Maintenance was established in 1908 and was recently merged with Water Distribution to form the Division of Water Utility Field Operations, established in 2012
  • The Sewer Maintenance Bureau currently maintains over 600 miles of Storm Sewers and approximately 760 miles Sanitary Sewers.
  • There are 28 wastewater and storm water pumping stations throughout the City of Dayton.
  • Sewer Maintenance is divided into four major categories: Sewer Cleaning, Mainline Repair, Pump Station/CCTV Operation, and Asset Repair and Maintenance.
  • The Cleaning section uses sewer rodding machines, straight flushers, and combination jet/vacuum units to remove obstructions in the sewer lines and to ensure a steady/consistent flow to the Water Reclamation Plant or to the rivers for the storm water system.
  • The Repair section repairs damaged sewer(s), install private laterals within the right-of-way, and replaces damaged catch basins and manholes.
  • Sewer Service Workers provide 24-hour service, responding to routine and emergency complaints from citizens.
  • The CCTV (Closed-Caption Television) Inspection section does internal inspections of sewers using camera and video recording equipment to locate problems from within the system.

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