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Frequently Asked Questions

The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
What can I do to keep local water safe and clean?
Remember that what goes down drains may go into the Missouri River. We can all help keep the water clean by:

  • Keeping paints, oils, and pesticides out of storm drains.

  • Fixing leaks from vehicles.

  • Planting a rain garden with native plants.


Taking cars to a commercial car wash where the water is often recycled before going to the treatment plant.
If you wash your own car:

  • Wash it with a biodegradable soap over grass or gravel.

  • Use a bucket and a hose nozzle to limit the amount of soap and water used.

  • Wash only the outside of the car, not the engine.

Combined Sewer Overflow

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1. What is a combined sewer overflow (CSO)?
2. Are CSOs a new problem?
3. What can I do to keep local water safe and clean?
4. How much rain does it take for a CSO discharge to occur?
5. Can CSOs be eliminated?