The Sewer Backup Response (SBU) Program has been in operation since January 2004, and was the first of its kind in the country. It was previously known as the Water-in-Basement Response Program.
The program started as part of an agreement between the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and federal and state agencies. The long-term goal of the program is to eliminate all sewer backups caused by problems in the public sewer system.
The Metropolitan Sewer District’s public sewer system serves homes, businesses, and institutions in 43 of the 49 cities, villages and townships throughout Hamilton County, as well as a small number of properties in Butler, Clermont and Warren counties. The network of underground sewers consists of more than 3,000 miles of pipe, some of it more than 100 years old.
SBU Facts contains SBU Response Program statistics on help we have provided for property owners in Hamilton County.