What can I do to help prevent SSOs?

Keep grease out of the sewers. Dispose of greasy and fatty foods, such as salad dressings, cooking oil, ice cream, and sauces, in your garbage can instead of your sink or garbage disposal. Direct your gutters to send water away from house foundations. Make sure there are strainers over all floor and sink drains in your home. Have the line that connects your house with the public sewer line (called a house lateral or private sewer line) inspected. 

Repairing broken private sewer lines, which is the homeowner's responsibility, can keep stormwater from leaking into pipes and prevent sewer backups in your home.

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1. What is the City doing with the Clean Water Shreveport project?
2. Why is the Clean Water Shreveport Project needed?
3. What is a Consent Decree?
4. What do Federal and State regulators require?
5. How much will these improvements cost?
6. What is a sanitary sewer?
7. What is an SSO?
8. Why do sewers overflow?
9. Are SSOs harmful?
10. How is Shreveport planning to eliminate SSOs?
11. What should I do if I see a sewer overflow?
12. What can I do to help prevent SSOs?
13. What is a private sewer line?
14. Does the City repair private sewer lines?
15. What is the best way to maintain private sewer lines?
16. How will my neighborhood be affected by this work?
17. What if I have questions not answered here?