Minnesota City Tackles Illegal Sump Pump Connections

New Ulm works to eliminate the problem by hiring temporary workers to do a thorough inspection of every residence
Minnesota City Tackles Illegal Sump Pump Connections
Elizabeth Miller and George Smith inspect a home for signs of an illegal sump pump hook-up.

With any luck, by the end of the summer, illegal sump pump connections in homes will be a thing of the past in New Ulm, Minnesota.

That’s because the city has taken on an ambitious project to inspect every residence in the city for illegal connections. Although New Ulm has an ordinance against illegal sump pump hook-ups to the wastewater system, enforcing the rule has been a big challenge.

Dan O’Connor, the city’s wastewater treatment supervisor, solved that challenge...

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