A review of one Greenwood neighborhood found more than 30 homes were improperly draining water into the city’s sewers, and officials know there are more.
Earlier this year, the city started a pilot program in the Whispering Trails neighborhood to find out how many homes had sump pumps draining into the sewer system. The issue is one the city is concerned about because the water coming from those sump pumps, especially in heavy rains, can cause the sewer system to overflow, which is a problem the state is requiring Greenwood to address after a previous overflow killed hundreds of fish.
In the future, the city will be required to inspect all homes for issues that could lead to sewer overflows, such as having sump pumps draining into the sewer system. Officials are starting now to try to address those issues.