The South Valley Sewer District regularly maintains every sewer main line in the sewer system. District owned lines are typically 8-inch or larger and located in a public right-of-way or easement. The pipes that are accessible by maintenance equipment are cleaned approximately every 18 months and televised approximately every 5 years. Others are visually inspected annually.
How can I help the District maintain the system?
Residents can help by maintaining their sewer laterals and reducing water usage whenever possible, particularly during wet weather. Repairing or replacing a damaged sewer lateral reduces the amount of groundwater infiltration into the sewer system and prevents overflows.
Why does my sewer lateral require regular servicing?
A sewer lateral is the line that runs from a residence to the sewer main located in the street. In older residences, the lateral may be as old as the home itself and may require repair or replacement. If you have trees in the vicinity of your lateral, the roots may have damaged the lateral, causing backups. If you are required to have your sewer lateral serviced on a regular basis, it is an indication that it needs to be repaired or replaced. The District recommends that when a home is sold, the sewer lateral be inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. The District can provide a list of qualified contractors for inspection or repairs.