The Sewer Division is comprised of 25 employees in charge of maintaining the city's vast sewer systems, manholes, catch basins, pump stations and levee systems. There are approximately 225 miles of sanitary sewer and 120 miles of storm sewers in Council Bluffs. That’s almost enough mileage to take you to Kansas City and back from Council Bluffs. As part of sewer maintenance, the department has two jet/vacuum combination units (right) and one jet truck to clean sewers, catch basins and respond to backups, along with a camera system truck to video inspect sewer lines for damage. During winter, the sewer department assists with snow maintenance operations.
There are 19 sanitary and 11 storm sewer pump stations located within the city and along the levee system. These 30 different stations require constant observance and maintenance to keep flows consistent to the WWTP and river.
There are 28 miles of levee system around Council Bluffs that the Sewer Division is responsible for. Maintenance includes mowing, weed control, tree maintenance, relief well maintenance and debris removal.
The levee has 44 sluice gates that control the outflow of water to the river and are closed to prevent influx of the river during high water conditions. The gates require regular operation and lubrication to assure efficient operation when needed.