Sanitary Sewer

Sanitary Sewer System  

The City of Raytown's sanitary sewage collection system covers approximately 10 square miles. It consists of a network of: 

  • More than 163 miles of underground piping 

  • More than 4,325 manholes 


Sanitary Sewer Etiquette  

To ensure proper operation of the sanitary sewer system, please practice flushing only human waste and toilet paper.   

One might think that the sanitary sewer system is a way to remove other wasteful items. But in reality, these wasteful items contaminate our drinking water. The following is a partial list of items that should not be disposed of in the sanitary sewer system: 

  • Flushable wipes 

  • Feminine hygiene products 

  • Facial tissues 

  • Paper towels 

  • Anti-freeze  

  • Cat litter 

  • Construction debris  

  • Diapers  

  • Fatty foods and grease  

  • Gasoline  

  • Rags  

  • Motor oils  

  • Old prescription pills 

  • Paints  

For more information on what should not go into the sanitary system please visit the MDNR page here. 


Property Owner/City Responsibilities 
The City operates and maintains only the sanitary sewer main line. The City maintenance includes root control, cleaning, and evaluation of each sewer main line.   

The Property Owner is responsible for any work required from the building to where their line connects to the sewer main line 

When sewer backups are investigated, a majority of the problems are found in the Property Owner’s service lines, which run from the building to the connection at the sewer main line. 

The City does provide assistance regarding back flow prevention, which helps eliminate backups into the Owner’s property. Please follow this link to find out more information about this program. 


If You’re Experiencing a Sanitary Sewer Back-Up 
If you’re experiencing troubles with your plumbing, first contact your local plumber. If it is determined that the sanitary sewer main line is not flowing properly, contact Public Works Maintenance & Operations at: 

Between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday: Call 816-737-6146 

For assistance after hours: Call (816) 737-6020  


Current & Upcoming Sanitary Sewer Projects