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 forms must be completed by the owner of the property.