Q: What is a sanitary sewer easement and how do I know if one exists on my property?
A: Easements are dedicated portions of private property and dedicated for public use. Sanitary sewer easements overlay the location of a sewer main on a property and provide the City right of access to the property for inspection and maintenance purposes. Sewer easements are often shown on property survey and descriptions of land such as a deed.
Q: Why must the City maintain the sanitary sewer lines in my yard?
A: The city is required by state and federal laws to prevent sanitary sewer overflows. This means they city will inspect and clean the sewer main owned by the city. Our maintenance crews work to maintain and clean 227 miles of sewer line each year within the city and around 73 miles which run through sanitary sewer easements on private property.