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History of the Sump Pump Program

Heavy rains in 2000 caused major damage to over 35% of the homes in Fargo. Studies found that sanitary backup was to blame for much of the damage, and that sump pumps illegally connected to the sanitary sewer system were a major part of the problem. Homeowners and insurance companies demanded that the City of Fargo do something to reduce this type of property damage. The City of Fargo Sump Pump Program was created in May 2001 to reduce the property damage caused by sanitary sewer backup. Inspections commenced on June 1, 2001. 

The original goal was to inspect all 9,983 homes built after 1971 wihin a three-year period to determine how many sump pumps were illegally connected to the sanitary sewer system. That goal was met by June 1, 2004. Inspectors continued to cover new homes and to contact homeowners who did not respond during previous inspection attempts. Inspections continue and include random spot checks to verify that all homeowners are pumping outside during the summer months.