Most homeowners don’t know their responsibility for the pipes that connect their home to the city’s sewer lateral, but that doesn’t stop Sun City officials from proposing a policy that would line or replace sanitary sewer laterals that leak clear water into the city’s sanitary sewer system.
This potential policy would have the city televising and inspecting every lateral in Sun City and notifying residents if there are any breaks or leaks that need repaired or replaced. All of the repairs at the cost of the property owners, of course, if the policy is approved.
Many city members are pushing back against the plan fighting for the homeowners and the power of the city to force homeowner compliance beyond the city’s right of way.
Clear water can cause overload on the sanitary sewer system, with wastewater backing up into homes. It also reduces the life of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, which would require expensive upgrades. Clay sewer laterals and other non-PVC materials contribute more clear water to the sewer system.
Sun Prairie Wastewater Treatment Plant said the city has done as much as it can on its side to reduce clear water going through the wastewater treatment plant, and now is looking at the clay pipes and other defects in sewer laterals leading to homes.
Several city officials and wastewater treatment plant center are pushing for lining the laterals using the CIPP method due to its many positive features.
During the 2018, many construction crews found that lining laterals, instead of completely replacing them, was extremely successful, cost-efficient and created minimal disruption to residents or traffic. Lining a lateral guarantees a lifespan of 50-75 years.
Even with all the positives to using the CIPP method, several members still oppose the policy.
Even if the policy does not pass, it is imperative that property owners repair defective sewer laterals because of the potentially high cost clear water leakages have on city systems.
Most municipalities around the nation are choosing the cured-in-place-pipe, or CIPP, a method for a host of reasons. CIPP is a method for restoring older pipelines with minimal digging in streets and on adjacent property. A piece of durable lining is installed inside the old pipe. It is a safe and environmentally sound solution to replace and repair aging pipes. Because the project will not require any digging or excavation, it will be considerably less expensive than traditional pipe replacement which often sees costs totaling millions of dollars.
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