City Council votes to pay for some sewage repairs instead of homeowners
The issue involves sanitary sewer laterals under city streets
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga’s City Council tonight shifted a major expense away from home owners back to the city.
Under the current city code, you are responsible for repairs to sanitary sewer laterals under city right of way.
Those are the systems that connect your home’s sewer line to the main sewer line.
So if they break, work crews sometimes have to dig up city streets, costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Tonight’s vote switches the burden for that bill back to the city.
So from now on, if you identify a problem with a four inch sewer lateral in the city right of way, report it to the City and they’ll repair it.
The first step is to call a licensed plumber who can use a camera to determine just where the break or blockage is (the city may need that video to verify where the problem is). If the problem is on your property, it’s your responsibility to fix it.
“With the cost of living continuing to increase, my administration is committed to doing everything possible to make it easier for residents to stay in their homes,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “Transferring responsibility for sanitary sewer laterals to the City means that residents have one less burdensome homeownership cost to worry about, and I’m grateful to City Council — particularly co-sponsors Councilman Chip Henderson, Councilwoman Jenny Hill and Council Chairman Darrin Ledford — for their partnership on this effort that will allow us to better support our communities.”