Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance Coming To The East Bay

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A new Sewer Lateral Ordinance is coming to a few East Bay cities this year and early next year. It’s designed to ensure that private sewer laterals (the pipe that connects the plumbing in a home or business to the sewer main) are free from leaks and obstructions that can lead to the release of partially treated sewage into the bay.

Property owners will be required to test and, if needed, repair or replace their laterals when selling a property, when obtaining a permit for the modification of a property that’s estimated to cost more than $100K and when there is a change in service that requires a new meter.

While not all cities in the East Bay are impacted, when buying or selling a home in San Leandro, thought should be given to inspecting the sewer lateral both to know its current condition as well as how it may impact a sale in the future. One can assume that EBMUD will continue to roll out this program to other cities down the road. More information can be found here.

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