Sanitary Sewers

The Larchmont Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance, repair and monitoring of the local sanitary sewer system. The Village properly maintains its sewer system in accordance with its CMOM program ("capacity, management, operations, and maintenance"). 

Some of the tasks required to maintain the sewer system include: 

  • Maintain two oil-absorbant booms
  • Weekly chemical treatment and inspection of sanitary sewer main lines
  • Cleaning and televising sewer pipes
  • Performing repairs on broken pipes to prevent sanitary sewer backups
  • Lining sewer pipe in accordance with the Capital schedule to reduce inflow and infiltration and extend the useful life of the pipe
  • Maintain:
    • 113,440 linear feet of concrete pipe (21.48 miles)
    • 672 manholes (independent from the storm sewer system)
    • 83,380 linear feet of clay pipe
    • 6,825 linear feet of cast iron
    • 23,235 linear feet of lined pipe
    • Three sewerage pump stations (maintain and monitor)

Help Protect Our Waterways - What NOT to flush down the toiletImproperly disposing of garbage and household refuse can have significant impacts on our rivers, streams, ponds, and Long Island Sound – and can even make flooding in our Town and Village worse. You can help prevent blocked sewer lines, clogged equipment in sewage pump stations, and polluted water if you're careful about what you flush down the toilet, dump in the sink, pour down the storm drain, or onto the ground in your driveway or backyard.

  • Wipes are a major cause of sewer problems. They do not break down on their way through the pipes to the treatment plant. Even if advertised as "flushable," they should be thrown in the garbage, not the toilet.
  • Grease, oils, and fats. These solidify and can block your own household pipes as well as the sewer line. Collect them in an old jar with a lid, store them in the refrigerator, and throw them in the garbage when full.
  • Chemicals. Everything from paint to anti-freeze, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, kerosene, and motor oil is toxic to our environment.
  • Other cloggers, such as paper towels, rags, diapers, bandages, band aids, litter and tissues. These should all be thrown in the garbage.
  • Plastic of any kind. Once it's in the water, Plastic does not break down and has to be physically removed.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Drugs can have major impacts on organisms up and down the food chain, and on us.