What problems are associated with damaged sewer laterals?

Older sewer laterals can create problems for property owners because over time they deteriorate, leading to the pipe leaking, blocking or breaking. During wet weather, rain seeps into the soil and can enter the wastewater collection system through damaged sewer laterals. This is also called infiltration. This can lead to more water flowing through the public sewers and the District's Water Recycling Facility can become overwhelmed by the amount of flow.

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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?