Sewage overflows happen
They can be due to:
- blocked piping from root intrusion
- grease buildup from kitchens
- broken drain pipes
- physical barriers such as trash
How does sewage get into the creek?
- Sewer system gets blocked
- Sewage backs up out of the nearest opening (often a manhole or cleanout)
- Sewage follows the path of least resistance downhill, usually down a street gutter, and into the nearest storm drain
- Raw sewage dumps into the creek
What can I do?
- Report a sewage overflow immediately! Call (510) 642-3073
- Never dump fats, oils or grease down sink drains!
- Blocked pipes due to congealed grease is a major cause of sewage overflows. Let oil solidify by letting it cool down, wipe it out with a paper towel, and throw into the trash.
What UC Berkeley is doing?
- Implementing the Sewer System Management Plan that requires ongoing maintenance and monitoring of the sewer system.
- Training staff regularly on prevention and response.
- Inspecting campus restaurant grease traps regularly