What is a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO)?

A Sanitary Sewer Overflow, commonly referred to as an "SSO."  An SSO is an overflow of untreated or partially treated sewage from a sanitary sewer system.  

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1. What is a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO)?
2. Why do SSOs occur?
3. What should I do if I encounter an SSO?
4. What does Spotsylvania County Utilities do to reduce the potential of SSOs?
5. Is it possible to totally prevent SSOs?
6. Does Spotsylvania County Utilities report SSOs to regulating and enforcing agencies?
7. What can I do to help prevent SSOs?