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Main Content Because of the low elevations throughout Duval County, wastewater generated by businesses and homes cannot always flow through sanitary sewer systems by gravity forces alone. In many systems, it is necessary to include lift stations to assist wastewater flow.Because of extensive construction activity throughout Duval County, the Water Quality Branch has been permitting a growing number of lift stations, all of which are regularly inspected to ensure compliance with local regulations. All sanitary lift stations are required to have certified operator attendance at least once a month.

Inspections
Our staff conducts regular inspections of sanitary lift stations for which it issues construction permits. Because of the low elevations throughout Duval County, wastewater generated by businesses and homes cannot always flow through sanitary sewer systems by gravity forces alone. In many systems, it is necessary to include lift stations to assist wastewater flow. Staff inspects lift stations to ensure compliance with local regulations. In addition, lift stations are required to have certified operator attendance at least once a month.


Overflows and Discharges
Our staff investigates reports regarding pollution events or activities by others. We address discharge of pollutants to storm drains, ditches, rivers or creeks; over-flowing manholes or pump stations; uncontrolled erosion from land clearing activities or pumping of muddy water into creeks, storm drains, or ditches; and fish kills in natural bodies of water (not stormwater ponds). While our staff has a goal of responding to complaints within 24 hours, many investigations are conducted on the same day as the complaint is received.
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