Message from Mayor Jim Strickland

Welcome to the SARP10 Website. This site was created for Memphians to learn about the Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program (SARP10). This 10-year program began in November 2013, and is led by our Division of Public Works and managed by Black & Veatch Corporation. Memphis negotiated with the Department of Justice, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Clean Water Network to implement an assessment and rehabilitation program with the goal of minimizing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The Consent Decree was finalized in 2012.

Like many other cities, Memphis has an aging wastewater collection and transmission system that consists of buried pipes, manholes, and pumping stations. In fact, parts of our system are more than a century old. Due to age, our sewers have experienced some deterioration. The main goal of SARP10 is to rehabilitate and improve the existing sewer system and minimize the occurrence of SSOs.

We need your help. One of the biggest issues we have is blockages due to grease build up in the sewer lines, which can cause overflows from manholes. Grease blockages in the City’s sewers and in your home’s plumbing can also cause backups in your house and basement. It is important for us to realize that sewer backups impact all of us.  We are asking you to help protect our sewer system by properly disposing of grease.

For more information, please refer to our Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Program

The SARP10 website has a wealth of information and will let you know when SARP10 crews will be working in your community and speaking to your neighborhood associations. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please review the website, send us an email and invite us to your neighborhood association.


Jim Strickland, Mayor

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