Why is the sewer lateral program necessary?

Wastewater (sewage) from homes and businesses in Morgan Hill flows in private pipes (laterals) to neighborhood collection pipes and is ultimately carried into a large sewer trunk line down to the wastewater treatment facility in Gilroy. While this trunk line is designed to carry all the wastewater generated by homes and businesses, it is not large enough to carry stormwater too. Unfortunately, as the wastewater collection system has aged these private sewer laterals are subject to the cracking, root-fill, displacement, and failures that allow stormwater to rush in and overflow the City’s infrastructure during large storm events. This stormwater intrusion has resulted in sewage overflows in the trunk line that can pollute local creeks and rivers and could ultimately compromise drinking water quality. 

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1. When does the program come into effect?
2. Why is the sewer lateral program necessary?
3. What is a private sewer lateral?
4. Who is affected by this program?
5. What are the responsibilities of private property owners?
6. Where do I start?
7. Who is a Qualified Plumbing Contractor?
8. What does the inspection consist of?
9. What is the estimated cost?
10. What if repairs need to be made?
11. Does a Qualified Plumbing Contractor have to perform the repairs/replacement?
12. What if this delays the sale of the property?
13. What is a private sanitary sewer collection system?
14. Why do I need a Certificate of Compliance?