What is a private sewer lateral?

A private sewer lateral is the pipe that carries sanitary sewage from a private building to the City mainline. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their private sewer lateral (SMMC 7.38.432). In the City of San Mateo, private sewer laterals are defined as extending from the property structure all the way to, and including, its connection with the public sewer main. This is true whether the private sewer lateral is under a public right-of-way (street) or on private property in an easement.

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1. What is a private sewer lateral?
2. What is the Private Sewer Lateral Cost Sharing Program?
3. Who is eligible for the program?
4. What does the City provide?
5. What costs are not part of the program?
6. How quickly does the City respond to inquiries?
7. Does the grant amount have to be reported to the IRS?
8. Does the City provide printed form packets? How can I turn in my forms? How does the City correspond to property owners?
9. Does the City Provide recommendations for service providers?
10. What happens if there is a change in the scope of work?
11. What if my street is under moratorium?