Right of Way
Lateral Failure Repair Program
Water Pollution Control (WPC) has taken responsibility for the repair of sanitary
sewer lateral failures which occur in the public right of way or sewer easement
as a result of an amendment to City Code in early 1995. Repairs will be performed
on laterals which have experienced structural failures, such as may be evidenced
by surfacing sewage or a cave-in. Maintenance problems, such as root ingrowth and
blockages, remain the responsibility of the property owner.
Investigations of right of way lateral failures by Sewer Maintenance Division (SMD)
crews include available testing procedures, such as line smoking, dye testing and
TV inspections, that are employed to confirm a failure. Mapping and easement location
information from Public Works may be obtained to confirm the right of way/easement
location and validate the repair for this program.
Initial discovery of a lateral failure may be made by the property owner. In such
cases, the owner is required to provide proof of a failure by contracting a plumber
to perform a line locator service which would indicate a structural failure is present
in the right-of-way or sewer easement. This service will be necessary if there is
no surfacing sewage or a cave-in which can be tested by SMD personnel.
For further information or to request an investigation,
please contact SMD at 816-325-7727.