All of the wastewater generated within the City of Manchester is treated by the City’s waste water plant located at 541
South Brewer Street. The City is responsible for conveying the liquid and solid wastes from your homes and businesses
to the treatment facility. The treated water is then released into the Maquoketa River. City staff maintains the
collection system and operates the lift stations.
Routine Sewer Cleaning
The Street Department and Wastewater Department have a routine cleaning program of the sanitary sewers. A
pressurized water jet and vacuum system are used to clean the City’s sanitary sewer pipes. Spraying high pressure
water at the inside of the sanitary pipes allows for the removal of grease, sediment, scale build-up, and in most cases,
tree roots that have infiltrated the pipe walls. By keeping the pipes clean the City is able to reduce the possibility of
sewer back-ups into private service lines that could cause slow drains or even a sewage back-up into homes or
The City also routinely performs sewer televising. A robotic crawler with an attached camera allows us to inspect the
inside of the sewer pipes for cracks, roots or other items that may require repair.
Manholes, Sinkholes and Storm Intake Grates
Manholes are an opening to an underground utility. If you observe a manhole that is sunken down, sticking up, or has a
rattling lid please contact the City Office.
Sinkholes are a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer. There are many
causes of sinkholes that are both natural and manmade. Most commonly, sinkholes that occur in urban areas are due
to water main breaks, collapsed sewers, or improperly compacted soil after an excavation. If you see a sinkhole in your
yard please contact the City Office.
Storm Intake Grates are located in the streets to collect water runoff from storms. Sometimes debris from yards and
streets can block a storm grate and prevent it from properly draining. If you see a blocked storm grate or a storm grate
that is broken or missing please contact the City Office.
Sometimes with heavy rains, the storm sewer systems will become inundated and flood the streets. Never drive or walk
into a flooded street. If you drive onto a flooded street “Turn around, don’t drown” is the saying. Keep all children out
of floodwaters. Usually once the rain stops, the sewers will “catch up” and water will drain away. If you come across a
flooded street please contact the City Office.