How long does a sewer lateral last?

The average lifetime of a private sewer lateral depends on the material used to construct the pipe. Certain materials can last upwards of 50 years. The majority of the sewer lateral lines on Main Street between Pine and Spring Street have not been replaced in decades.

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1. What is a sewer lateral?
2. I have a question about my specific lateral, who can I speak to?
3. How long does a sewer lateral last?
4. Who is responsible for the sewer lateral?
5. What problems are associated with damaged sewer laterals?
6. I've been notified that my sewer lateral needs to be replaced or repaired, now what?