What is the City’s responsibility regarding private sewer laterals?
The property owner is fully responsible for maintaining adequate sewage flow to and through the sewer lateral, from the property structure to and into the City's sewer main.
When failure or stoppage of a sewer lateral occurs, City crews will respond only to check the City’s sewer main to verify that the sewer main is open and sewage is flowing. If the sewer main is found to be clear, it is the responsibility of the property owner to call a licensed plumber or drain cleaning service to correct the problem.
Verbal assistance and answers to questions can be received by calling the Public Works Department at 619.667.1450.

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1. What if my sewer backs up?
2. What is the location of my private sewer lateral and my property line clean-out?
3. What is the City’s responsibility regarding private sewer laterals?
4. Can you tell me if my property is on sewer or septic?
5. How often is the sewer main line in front of my property rodded?
6. Who is responsible for cleanup as a result of a sewer backup?