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The Pipe Check program provides residents within the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) service area a ﬁnancial incentive to eliminate sources of clear water entering the sanitary sewer system. Excess clear water in the sanitary sewer system increases the risk for basement backups for yourself and for your neighbors during rain events.
Are you a contractor looking for information on the Pipe Check program? If so, please visit our contractor page.
Participants must meet the following requirements to participate in the Pipe Check program:
Clear water is not contaminated with sanitary waste and does not require treatment at the wastewater treatment plant. Typically, clear water comes from rain runoff and groundwater. Importantly, clear water that does not enter the sanitary sewer can often times naturally re‐enter the environment without adverse effects—either by soaking into the ground or flowing to a creek or river.
An Approved Contractor has been selected through a review process, completed by MMSD, to determine that their skills and experience qualify them to participate in the program and offer their selected services. An Approved Contractor needs to be used by the homeowner to receive the financial incentives. Approved contractors are listed at the bottom of the page.
Completed by an Approved Contractor, a Clear Water evaluation identifies sources of rain or groundwater entering the sanitary sewer system from private property. The maximum ﬁnancial incentive available to the homeowner is based on the ﬁndings of the Clear Water evaluation.
The contractor identifies the discharge locations of existing foundation drains, sump pumps, and rain gutter downspouts. If any of these items discharge into the sanitary sewer, they will need to be disconnected and rerouted to a building code-approved location.
Once the contractor identiﬁed sources of clear water are eliminated from the sanitary sewer, the homeowner qualiﬁes for the listed ﬁnancial incentives.
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Questions? Please submit our contact us form.
Learn more about private property inflow and infiltration courtesy of CRD Victoria.
Foundation Drain Disconnection $1,500
Install sump pump & discharge piping, disconnect foundation drain from sanitary sewer lateral, and remove existing palmer valve
Remove Palmer Valve, Only $350
Identify the location of palmer valve, remove existing palmer value, cap foundation drain, and restore the site
Reroute Existing Sump Pump Discharge $300
Disconnect existing sump pump discharge piping and reroute to a building code approved location
New Storm Lateral, Connected to Existing Storm Sewer $1,000
A new storm lateral is installed from the house to an existing storm sewer
Disconnect Downspouts $25 each
Disconnect existing gutter downspouts from the sanitary sewer and reroute to discharge in the yard or storm lateral (max of 4)
Full Lateral Replacement Without Work in Right‐of‐way $4,000
A full lateral replacement is completed via open cut or pipe bursting but no work is required to be completed within the right‐of‐way
Full Lateral Replacement With Work in Right‐of‐way $5,000
A full lateral replacement is completed via open cut or pipe bursting but work is required to be completed within the right‐of‐way
Lateral Lining $1,500
A cured in place pipe (CIPP) is installed in the lateral from under the home to the connection at the sanitary sewer mainline
Gene Wagner Plumbing Co., Inc.
Mid City Cooperation
Milwaukee Plumbing & Piping, Inc.
Help protect Lake Michigan and keep water out of your basement during rain events.