Sanitary Sewer


Utility Infrastructure

The City of Tyler owns, operates, and maintains the city's sanitary sewer infrastructure. The city's system contains several miles of sewer pipe, wastewater pumping stations, and a wastewater storage facility that is located North of the city. 

Utility Responsibility

The Sanitary Sewer Utility staff provides a variety of services including:

  • Responding to emergency and routine customer calls
  • Repair of damaged infrastructure
  • Improvements to the existing City infrastructure
  • Maintenance of lift station (pumping station) operations
  • Assistance to the public and other agencies with sewer related problems

Sanitary Overflows

The Tyler Sanitary Sewer Collection System has the capacity to contain a specified volume of wastewater within the system. The capacity is more than enough to handle dry weather flow. However, wet weather and snowmelt may cause excess water to enter the sanitary collection system though leaks or illegal connections, roof drain connections or footing drains. This excess water, in turn, causes the system to exceed level of service at certain locations.

Overflows may occur during extreme wet weather events when clean water enters the system (this is called “inflow and infiltration” of the system). The clear water from storms finds its way into the system through old connections to roof and footing drains, broken or cracked lateral piping from homes and businesses, defects in the infrastructure or through illicit connections. Other overflows occur as the result of pipe breakages or blockages during dry weather. In order to eliminate the problem, these situations must be minimized.

Inflow & Infiltration

The City of Tyler removes inflow and infiltration (I/I) from the sanitary sewer collection system by conducting an inspection program to identify contributions of I/I on private property. Properties that are contributing I/I are offered grants to assist in funding corrective work to remove I/I. Contact us today to learn more!

Sump Pump Discharging

Sump Pumps must drain OUTSIDE when the temps are above freezing. The city of Tyler has sewer issues that relate to excess ground and rainwater entering into the sanitary sewer system. Please do your part and keep clean water out of the city's sewer system!



If you have sump pump, I/I, or other sanitary sewer questions or issues, please contact the Utility Department at 507-401-7383.