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What is a sewer lateral and who is responsible for the lateral?
A sanitary sewer lateral or private service lateral is the pipeline between the City’s main sewer line and a building.

The sanitary sewer lateral or private service lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner. It is the sole responsibility of the property owner to clear any blockages within their lateral not caused by the City’s main sewer line.

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1. What can I do to prevent sewer overflows?
2. What does a sewer spill look like?
3. What is a sewer lateral and who is responsible for the lateral?
4. What is the difference between sanitary sewers and storm drains?
5. Who do I call if I see someone dumping something into a catch basin?
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