Since Rahway is an older community, many of its sewers are combined; i.e., they handle both stormwater and sanitary waste from homes and businesses. During heavy rains, the old sewer mains cannot handle the increased flow of rainwater and sanitary waste. Property owners can help by disconnecting downspouts from sanitary lines, but sometimes, the lateral and/or sewer main become clogged with debris. The city is not permitted on private property to clear private sewer laterals. You may call the DPW to inspect the mains in front of your property and clean them if necessary. Maintenance of sewer laterals is the responsibility of property owners and not the city.
If you are having a sewer emergency, you may call DPW directly at (732) 827-2060 during business hours. Outside of business hours, please call the Rahway Police Department at (732) 827-2200.