Wastewater Utility


Sewer Issues Survey

Please click the link below to complete the survey:

Survey - English   Survey - Khmer   Survey - Portuguese    Survey - Spanish 

Recent rainstorms have highlighted sewer and drain system pipe deficiencies that the City and LRWWU would like to assess. To help us out, LRWWU launched a survey portal to collect public comment and input on sewer system and street flooding issues affecting the City. LRWWU invites all residents and visitors to complete the survey and provide details on your observations of sewer system backups, operational issues, or City street flooding. The data will be used in an ongoing comprehensive analysis to help prioritize and target areas for sewer system improvements to address identified City problems.

Thank you for your time to complete the survey in the link below. Each verifiable response will be entered into a future raffle. LRWWU will select two winners for a $50.00 Market Basket Gift Card. The Utility appreciates your time to help make the City a better place.

Sewer Backup Prevention Cost Sharing Program

(Sewer Check Valve Reimbursement Program)

Please click the link below for more information: 

Sewer Backup Prevention Cost Sharing Program Information

Sewer Backup Prevention Cost Sharing Program Trifold

This program provides reimbursements to eligible property owners throughout Lowell to reduce the risk of sewer backups into their homes and businesses. The reimbursement program is being financed through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA); funds will be awarded on a first-come first approved basis and cover reimbursements from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024. The last date to apply for the program is November 1, 2024. 

 During heavy rain events the combined sewer system can reach capacity, resulting in sewer backups and street flooding. Piping modifications, such as the installation of a check valve, can be performed in order to reduce the risk and severity of a sewer backup. Property owners connected to the City sewer system, who are at a greater risk of experiencing sewer backups, can apply to receive a reimbursement of up to $5,000 for piping modifications made to prevent sewage backup from the City’s sewer system during rain events. Eligibility for reimbursement is determined and must be approved by the City.  

Sewer Separation

Lowell is in the process of adding additional drain systems and removing large inflow sources from Humphrey’s Brook, the Billings Street Wetlands and Hovey Field Wetlands to remove public inflow from the combined sewer area. 
Click here to view the Sewer Separation Preliminary Design Report
Click here to view Report Appendices


Sign up for CSO Notifications

If you would like to receive notification when the City of Lowell experiences combined sewer overflows due to heavy rainfall, sign up here to be added to the distribution list.