Message to Residents
Reminder to Ellington Residents: If you have a sump pump connected to the sanitary sewer, please disconnect it as it is illegal.
Discharging a sump pump into the Town’s sanitary sewer system is not allowed. While this might seem like an easier and more attractive option than running a discharge tube from the sump pump to the exterior, it’s illegal in Connecticut when the home is connected to the town sewer.
One reason is that during big storms the sewage treatment facilities can be overloaded. When this happens, either sewage backs up into people’s homes, or the sewage water only gets partially treated before being dumped in to local streams and rivers.
The other reason that sump pumps shouldn’t discharge to the sanitary sewer is that Vernon and Stafford Water Pollution Control Departments bill the Town of Ellington based upon the flow that is discharged into their system and is recorded via the pump stations. Discharging into the sewer system increases the cost to the Town of Ellington, which is then passed along to the residents.
If you have this type of setup at your own home, the right thing to do is to make the sump pump discharge to the exterior. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works/WPCA at 860-870-3140.