A MANHOLE IS NOT A TRASHCAN!
Never lift a manhole cover! The Utilities Department crews often find items like buckets, cinder blocks, limbs, construction materials, and other large pieces of garbage that have been disposed of in manholes. These items can very quickly cause blockages, which can result in sewer backing up into your home! If you see someone putting improper materials in the sewage system or down a manhole, please call the Utilities Department immediately at 703-771-2750 during normal business hours or call the police non-emergency number at 703-771-4500 after hours. If you witness unauthorized dumping into a sanitary sewer manhole or other suspicious activity related to Town water & sewer facilities and would prefer not to call, please report the activity by completing our online Illegal Connection or Dumping Report.