Homeowners need to understand their sewer systems to keep them properly maintained and to know when to report an emergency. If you need information not covered in these frequently asked questions, ask us now.
What are Sanitary Sewer Lines?
Sanitary sewer lines are those which convey wastewater from homes or businesses to the treatment facility. Sanitary sewer lines are always eight inch in diameter or larger. RCPSD maintains the eight inch or larger sanitary sewer line.
What are lateral sewer lines?
Lateral sewer lines are those which convey wastewater from homes or business to the eight inch or larger sanitary sewer line. Lateral lines are usually four or six inch in diameter and are located on the customers property. The homeowner or business owner is responsible for the maintenance of the lateral sewer line from the time it leaves the home to the connection to the sanitary sewer line.
What are Storm Sewers?
Storm sewers are those which collect rainwater run-off. Storm sewers, which handle rain water run-off and yard-drains, are typically maintained by the entity who maintains the streets. RCPSD is not responsible for storm sewer maintenance.
Does RCPSD take care of all sewers?
No. RCPSD only maintains the sanitary sewer lines that handle wastewater that comes from homes or commercial property. Lateral sewer lines are the responsibility of the customer and storm sewers are maintained by the entity that who maintains the streets.
Do I need permission to connect to RCPSD sewer system?
Yes. Anyone who wishes to connect to the RCPSD system must contact the district prior to any connection being made. Connection agreements and connection fees are required for all connections to the system. However, in some instances such as a new subdivision construction, the developer or home builder may have already obtained permission to connect the home to the district’s system. In all instances, the homeowner is encouraged to contact the district office to be certain that are fees have been paid to the district.
Are inspections required?
Yes. RCPSD inspectors must inspect all sanitary sewer construction, repairs to the sewer mains, and lateral connections made to the sanitary sewer system. All inspections require a 24 hour advance notice.
The private lateral inspection is a different inspection fee. Please refer to the private lateral ordinance under the about us section.