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A Side Sewer is the pipe that carries the wastewater from the house to the sanitary sewer main line in the street. Every building receiving sewer service from the City of Milpitas (City) has at least one Side Sewer.
The Side Sewer is divided into two sections, the House Lateral (public side) and the House Sewer (private side). The House Lateral (public side) is the section from the main line to the property line. The House Sewer (private side) is the section from the property line to the building, including the property line cleanout (if one exists).
A Sewer Main line is a utility pipe that carries wastewater from the connected laterals to the wastewater treatment plant (via sewer force or gravity main).
No. The area between the property line and the house (House Sewer) is the responsibility of the property owner and must be repaired or serviced by the owner or designated service personnel.
Yes. If there is a Property Line Cleanout, the City will conduct a Closed-Circuit Television Video (CCTV) evaluation of the pipe. Any structural defects such as a collapsed pipe, major offsets, or any other structural deficiencies that will create a blockage of >20% in the flow capacity of the line will be assessed for repair.
No. Sewer cleanouts belong to the property owner. It is the responsibility of the property owner to install a property line cleanout.
Yes. A permit is required to repair the Side Sewer. A city engineer will inspect the lateral to validate that the work was performed according to code. If you need guidance on policies or procedures, please contact the Engineering Department at 408-586-3300.
A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) is a condition in which untreated sewage is discharged from a sanitary sewer into the environment prior to reaching sewage treatment facilities. Most sewage spills are relatively small and can be stopped and cleaned up quickly, but left unattended they can cause health hazards, damage to homes and businesses, and threaten the environment, local waterways, and beaches.