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Utility Services

Water and Sewer Laterals

Service Lateral Maintenance is a Homeowner's Responsibility

Service laterals are the pipes that run through your yard to connect water and sewer services provided by the City of Henderson to the plumbing in your home. Just as you own and maintain the landscaping, driveway, and block wall on your property, you also own and are responsible for maintaining certain portions of the water and sewer service laterals that run through your property.

Your responsibility for your property’s water service lateral begins at the point where it connects to the City-owned water meter; this point is called your water service connection. Your responsibility for your sewer service lateral begins at the point where it connects to the City’s sewer main in the street; this point is called your sewer service connection.

If you experience a water leak, blocked pipe or pipe break at any point on your side of your water or sewer service connection, you are responsible for repairs and for all associated costs. If the leak, blockage or break occurs on the City’s side of the water or sewer service connection, the City is responsible for repairs and for all associated costs.

 

 

City’s Responsibilities

Maintain and repair water service line(s) and water meter(s) from City’s water main to your water service connection.

Maintain and repair the City’s sewer main to your sewer service connection, including cleaning blockage(s).

Pay cleanup and repair costs if a sewer blockage occurs in the City’s sewer main (including repairing damage to the street or driveway).

 

Homeowner's Responsibilities

Maintain and repair the water service lateral(s) from your water service connection up to and including the plumbing in your home.

Maintain and repair the sewer service lateral from your sewer service connection (i.e. the sewer main) up to and including the plumbing in your home.

Pay cleanup and repair costs (including repairing damage to the street or driveway) if a water or sewer break or blockage occurs between the service connection and your home.

Hire a professional to periodically inspect your water and sewer laterals from the service connection to your home and perform any necessary maintenance or repairs.

 

 

*Please note that per Henderson Municipal Code 11.08.010, work in the public right-of-way will require a permit from the Public Works Department. Please contact the City of Henderson Public Works Department at 267-3600 for more information on permitting requirements.