Sanitary Sewers

How to Report a Sanitary Sewer Backup

Any time a backup occurs, homeowners should first contact Public Works (BEFORE contacting a plumber or sewer service) during normal working hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:

Public Works Department
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217.403.4700

To report emergencies after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends and holidays, please contact:
217.531.3155

Sanitary Sewer Fee

What this fee pays for:
The sanitary sewer fee is used to clean and rehabilitate the underground sewer lines that carry wastewater to main interceptor sewers that are maintained by the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District (UCSD).

What this fee is based on:
The fee is based on your water usage, which is provided by Illinois American Water.

How this fee differs from the UCSD fee:
The City of Champaign bills the sanitary sewer fee to each property within the Champaign City limits that is connected to the sanitary sewer system.

The revenue from the City’s sanitary sewer fee is used to operates, maintain and rehabilitation City sewers.  The UCSD user fee is used to operate and maintain the District’s wastewater interceptors, pump stations, and treatment plants.

The UCSD is a separate entity from the City of Champaign.

Who to contact for help:
The UCSD is responsible for issuing and collecting the sanitary sewer fee. Bills are issued bi-monthly, with an option to pay on an annual basis. Questions regarding your bill should be directed to 217.367.3409.

Overhead Sanitary Sewer Program

The Overhead Sanitary Sewer Program is administered by the Engineering Division. The program is available to owner-occupied residential property owners within the City of Champaign. Applications will be considered for participation from those properties attached to the publicly owned and maintained sanitary sewer system. Properties receiving assistance from the program may be required to have any footing drain, sump pump, downspout, storm drain, etc. connections removed from the sanitary sewer at the property owner’s expense. City inspectors may inspect the subject property prior to approval for participation. Property owners are required to submit an application, which can be obtained from the Public Works Department, 702 Edgebrook Drive.

All applications must be accompanied by two or more estimates from licensed plumber.  Reimbursement will be processed based on the lower estimate.  The City and the UCSD will reimburse 75% of the cost up to a maximum installation total of $5,000.  This translates into a maximum contribution of $3,750 by the City and UCSD.

Upon approval of the application, the City will contribute 50% of the cost, up to $2500, and the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District will contribute 25%, up to a maximum of $1,200, for the installation of a sewage ejector system, which raises the level of sewer discharge to an elevation above the street manhole. This installation will eliminate the possibility of sewer backups caused by storm water infiltration and inadequate sewer main capacity.

The program is not available to commercial and industrial properties.

Application form must be completed by the owner of the property.


For more information, please contact the Public Works Department:

702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
217.403.4700
publicworks@ci.champaign.il.us