The sewer house connection is the pipe that carries wastewater from your home to the sanitary sewer main located in the street. Wastewater from your shower, toilet, sink, and washers are
disposed of through this pipe.


MDC Sewer House Connection Program Resolution (Bureau of Public Works)

MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF EXISTING SEWER HOUSE CONNECTIONS
For property owners with existing sanitary sewer house connections (laterals), the property owners are responsible for maintenance of the entire length of house connection per MDC Sewer Ordinance § S3s, “Maintenance of Sewer Connections.” As part of the Sewer House Connection Program (“Program”), the District offers emergency and non-emergency maintenance and inspection services and provides funding for renewal of the house connection upon request of the Property Owner.

In the event of disruption to a property’s sewer service, the District will offer the property owner a qualified registered contractor to perform sewer rodding and/or CCTV inspection services at no cost to the property owner.

Alternatively, the property owner may hire their own contractor to perform the services and the District will reimburse the property owner up to $200 for a sewer rodding and/or $300 per CCTV inspection. Reimbursement is dependent upon the property owner’s contractor contacting Utility Services to arrange for a Rodding Permit and District inspector to be on-site to witness the work. The District does not assume any responsibility over the house connection by performing sewer rodding and/or CCTV inspection.

For renewal of sewer house connections, the District will provide the property owner funding for the full renewal of the house connection, up to $10,000. House connection renewals may include pipe lining, pipe bursting or pipe replacement. Renewals must be for the full length of the house connection piping rather than only a damaged portion. The timeline for performing the renewal will be based on the condition of the pipe and the District’s contractors’ availability. The Property Owner must fully participate in Sewer Backup Prevention Program before the District will perform renewal of the house connection. If the property owner wants to point repair only a damaged section of the house connection, it will not be eligible for the Program.

Following the maintenance and inspection services, the District will provide the property owner a report detailing the condition of the house connection based on the inspection.

If the condition report indicates that the house connection presently requires repair, then the procedures defined in the “Renewal of Existing House Connection” section on the other side will be followed. If the condition report indicates that renewal of the house connection is not presently needed and routine maintenance can be performed to extend the life of the house connection, the District will provide the property owner a maintenance plan including appropriate maintenance activities with suggested frequencies. Execution of the maintenance plan, including power rodding and/or CCTVing, will be the responsibility of the property owner at his/her own cost. The District will provide an estimated timeline for future inspection of the house connection based on the condition of the pipe.

RENEWAL OF EXISTING SEWER HOUSE CONNECTIONS
The District will provide funding up to $10,000 for the property owner to renew sewer house connections. This is a one-time funding program per eligible property. The property owner will be responsible for contracting with a licensed drainlayer and qualified, bonded and insured contractor. The District will provide the property owner its list of qualified contractors. If all requirements of the Program are met, following completion and acceptance of the renewal work, the District will pay the contractor up to $10,000.

If a property’s house connection needs replacement or renewal, the property owner may be eligible for replacement or renewal of the house connection at little to no cost to the property owner. Prior to acceptance into the Program, contract proposals and/or price quotes between the property owner and his/her contractor(s) must be submitted to Utility Services for review to verify the reasonableness of the scope of work and cost proposal. The District reserves the right to deny any price proposal. Any increase in the price due to unforeseen circumstances must be approved in writing by the District prior to funding. The property owner shall be bound by the terms of the written contract with his/her contractor. If the contractor requires a deposit, the property owner will be responsible to pay the contractor.

For renewal of sewer house connections, the District will provide the property owner funding for the full renewal of the house connection, up to $10,000. House connection renewals may include pipe lining, pipe bursting or pipe replacement. Renewals must be for the full length of the house connection piping rather than only a damaged portion. The timeline for performing the renewal will be based on the condition of the pipe and the District’s contractors’ availability. The Property Owner must fully participate in Sewer Backup Prevention Program before the District will perform renewal of the house connection. If the property owner wants to point repair only a damaged section of the house connection, it will not be eligible for the Program.