Sanitary Sewer Problems?  Call Public Works first!

  • (708) 389-9658
  • 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • For after hours and weekend emergencies call (708) 385-2534.  Supervisors on call are available 24 hours.

Sanitary Sewers

MPW maintains approximately 20 miles of sanitary sewers throughout the Village. Like most of the Village infrastructure it requires the appropriate amount of maintenance. The Village annually conducts a Capital Improvement Program relative to rehabilitating our sewer system. This ranges from televised inspections to cured in-place lining. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) mandates we invest in keeping storm water out of our sanitary sewers. This is the primary goal of our Capital Improvement Program and we take that goal very seriously.


We need to check the village sewer main to make sure that your problem is not ours. People often call plumbers only to find out that the village sewer main is backed up, thereby incurring a needless expense. Simply calling us for advice on how to proceed is a good idea before you enter into an expensive repair.

Please understand the Village’s responsibility is the sewer main only. The resident is responsible for their entire sewer service all the way to the main regardless of where that main is located.

Sewer-Related Problems

Trees - Tree roots are a fairly common problem that can plague residents. We always recommend you call the village for a list of licensed and bonded contractors so you know that you are getting a reputable company to do this work.

Homeowners may remove parkway trees at their own expense under the following conditions. 

  • If the homeowner believes that the tree in question has caused repeated sewer repair expense.  The homeowner must produce at least three receipts of repair costs as evidence of an ongoing sewer problem.
  • The tree in question is a nuisance.  All Cottonwood and Box Elder trees fall under this category.
  • If the tree in question is alive but branches hang over the house to the point where the homeowner feels that after Public Works trimming for proper clearance the tree is a hazard to the home.
  • Any tree removed by the homeowner must be completely stumped and restored in a manner which is consistent with the surrounding area.

The Homeowner must obtain a licensed contractor to do the work.