Be a Sewer Steward

Being a Good Sewer Steward

Learn how to protect our sewers and the environment


This section provides information on how we can all become better sewer stewards to safeguard the sewer system and the environment.


Customer Sewer Maintenance Tips

Help keep your sewer flowing!

Here are a few important tips you can follow to help keep the sewer system flowing freely:

Fats, Oils & Grease

One of the most important things you can do to keep your sewer pipes clear is to properly dispose of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) by following these easy steps:


Stop the Clog!

Think that can go down the drain? Think again.

Remember that bacon grease you poured down the drain this morning? Or last night’s oily melted cheese you tossed in the sink? Sure, it seemed harmless. But fats, oils, and grease (FOG) create a huge problem for sewer pipes. In fact, FOG combined with roots in the sewer system can create massive clogs that cause more than half our sewer backups and overflows! This can result in costly repairs and environmental impacts.

What should you do? It’s easy:

Keep reading to learn what else you can do to help Stop the Clog!


No Wipes in the Pipes

Help us wipe out a costly and messy sewer problem!

THE PROBLEM: Wipes, rags, paper towels, and materials are being flushed into the sewer system, causing serious problems for SASD’s equipment and maintenance crews.

THE SOLUTION: Flush only toilet paper and human waste—nothing else! If you use wipes, trash ‘em, don’t flush ‘em!


Outreach Events

Connecting with Customers

SASD has recently made the difficult decision to cancel our remaining 2021 community outreach event season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While these events provide an important opportunity to connect with our customers, right now it’s important that we support social distancing guidelines outlined by local, state, and federal health officials.

Early next year, we will begin planning efforts for our 2022 event season, so please check back then for new dates. We thank you for your interest in our community outreach events.


Help Protect Our Local Creeks

Clean creeks are vital to our community!

Protecting our local creeks and waterways is important for the environment. Clean creeks are vital to a safe stormwater drainage system, and healthy creeks contribute to a safe drinking water supply.

SASD takes great pride in its environmental stewardship. For the past few years, SASD has partnered with the Sacramento Area Creeks Council (SACC) to educate residents about the sewer system and help protect local creeks.


Sewer System Management Plan


This section provides information on our Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP), including details about compliance with state rules and how to comment on the SSMP.

View the SSMP: SASD Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP)

Compliance Summary

SASD is required to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board Order No. 2006-0003, Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) for Sanitary Sewer Systems. The purpose of the Order is to require agencies to prepare a plan and schedule for measures to be implemented to reduce Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), as well as measures to effectively clean-up and report SSOs.


The Confluence Regional Partnership Program

A Grant Program of Sacramento Area Sewer District and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

Much like Sacramento’s two rivers, which join together in a “confluence” to create something even bigger, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) and the Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) developed the Confluence Regional Partnership Program to bring together ideas and efforts that advance environmental, educational, and economic vitality in the Sacramento region. Through this program, funding may be available to projects that help the community and advance Regional San’s and SASD’s missions, visions, values, goals and objectives.

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