The Rock Falls Water Reclamation Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the advanced wastewater treatment plant, storm water collection system and the installation and maintenance of all city sanitary mains and pump stations. We are licensed by the Illinois EPA to protect public health and the environment with our services.
Drainage and Flooding
It is important to understand how an illegal sump pump hookup can affect basement or city flooding. Visit our Draining and Flooding page to learn the best way to drain rain-water away from your property without overloading the system.
Freeze the Grease! Save the Drain!
When fats, oils and grease are washed down your sink, they stick to the insides of sewer pipes and cause messy back ups in your home. What you can do to help:
- NEVER pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
- Scrape grease and food scraps into a can.
- Freeze it.
- Toss the can into the trash.
If you’re on a sanitary sewer system what you flush from your home affects the streams, lakes, and coastal waters in our community.
- Don’t pour household products such as cleansers, beauty products, medicine, auto fluids, paint, and lawn care products down the drain.
- Wastewater treatment facilities are designed to treat organic materials, not hazardous chemicals.
- Don’t put excess household grease (meat fats, cooking oil, butter and margarine, etc.), diapers, condoms, and personal hygiene products down a drain or flush them.
- These materials can clog pipes, and cause raw sewage to overflow in your home or yard, or in public areas. Don’t pour used motor oil down the drain.
- Used motor oil can diminish the effectiveness of the treatment process and might allow contaminants to be discharged into local waterways.