Message from Mayor Paul A. Young


Welcome to the SARP10 Website. This site was created to teach Memphians about the Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program (SARP10). This program began in November 2013, is led by our Division of Public Works, and is 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. Parts of our system are more than a century old, and 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 our most significant issues is blockages caused by grease build-up in the sewer lines, which can lead to overflows from manholes. Grease blockages in the City’s sewers and your home’s plumbing can cause backups in your house and basement. Sewer backups can impact all of us. We ask you to help protect our sewer system by properly disposing of grease.

Learn the proper way to dispose of Fats, Oil, and Grease here.

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 want to learn more about the program, please review the website, email us, and invite us to your neighborhood association.


Paul A. Young, Mayor

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