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Storm & Sanitary Sewer/ Hydrant Maintenance

Among the many services the City provides, the Sewer Maintenance Section is responsible for the 'hidden' services that we have all come to rely on as part of our daily lives whether at work or play.  The Sewer Maintenance Section is responsible for inspecting and repairing storm and sanitary sewers, opening stoppages and replacing sewer mains as needed on a routine basis.  The City's sewer and drain collection system consists of separated and combined sewers.   The Sewer Section maintains 189 miles and of storm sewer, 240 miles of sanitary sewer and six (6) miles of combined sewer. Other functions of the Sewer Section are Hydrant Maintenance and repair, Best Management Practices and Inspections (BMPs), and catch basin maintenance and repair.  PWS uses a combination of Vactor Trucks, Jet Trucks, Flush Trucks, and CCTV Vans to inspect, maintain and clear pipes of any obstruction throughout the City.

An important component of the Storm & Sanitary Sewer Section's work is to inform residents, business owners, and citizen groups to advise them of the best known methods to avoid sewer backups and to define the responsibility of the City and the homeowner regarding sewer connections.  The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of flooding by decreasing mainline blockage, minimize the infiltration and inflow of storm water in the sanitary system, and evaluate structural integrity of the entire sewer system.  This Section also assists with the development and management such as combined sewer overflow monitoring.

Property Owner Responsibilities

Sewer Lateral Line

Sewer laterals are pipes that carry sanitary sewage from buildings to the City's sewer mains.  It is the responsibility of the individual property owner to maintain and repair laterals installed before July 1, 1955 from the curb to the property.  The maintenance and repair of laterals installed on or after July 1, 1955 are the responsibility of the property owner from the infrastructure to the actual sewer main.  Stormwater laterals are pipes that carry stormwater from buildings or land to the City's stormwater mains.  These pipes are typically between four inches and twelve inches in diameter and are made of concrete, clay, plastic or cast iron.  The maintenance and repair of stormwater services are the responsibility of the individual property owners.

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Alexandria, Va 22314
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