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I am considering purchasing or developing property within the District. How do I know whether sewer service will be available to my home or business at this time?
If my property is not located within 400 feet of the District’s Sewer Main, at this time, what are my options?
If my property is located within 400 feet of the District’s Sewer System, am I required to connect to the District’s sewer system?
How can I apply for a temporary variance from connection?
What is the standard for obtaining a temporary variance from the requirement to connect?
How long will a temporary variance last?
Under current Rules, a temporary variance will expire upon any of the following events:
Owner (or related parties) obtains a building permit to expand or enlarge the square footage of the building, or to build additional human-occupied buildings on the property; or
The septic tank and leach field system on the property fails for any reason including, but not limited to, owner’s failure to comply with testing and inspection requirements; or
The District determines, in the Board’s discretion, that a change in circumstances allows owner to connect to the District’s Sewer Main ; or
Sale of the property; or
Three years from the date of approval of the temporary variance, if the septic tank/leach field system improvements have not been made prior to said date; otherwise, four (4) years from the date of approval. Increments of four year extensions can be sought by the owners.
How does the District decide whether to extend a sewer main to serve additional properties?
When can I be compelled to connect to the District’s system?
What fees / costs will I be required to pay if I am compelled to connect?
*Please contact the District to estimate fees and costs, which may include:
What should I do if I receive a compel connection order?
I am considering changing the use of my property or remodeling my property. Should I contact the District?
I am considering purchasing property served by the District. Should I contact the District?
I am considering purchasing a vacant parcel of land within your District. Should I contact the District?
How do I know if the Board is considering actions impacting my property?
What if I have additional questions?
Because there may be changes to the rules of the District or unusual facts associated with the property, we strongly encourage you to call the District at (970) 627-3544 with any questions, or email her at email@example.com.
Bleeder lines are also another cause of freeze-ups in your sewer service line. A drip can cause build-up of ice in the service line.
Another area that causes freeze-ups is a slow drip of condensation into the sewer service line, from certain types of furnaces. You should have a drip pan in which the condensation water collects and when the pan fills to a certain level, it will activate a pump, which will pump it into the sewer service line.
There are some houses in the District that are interconnected. In otherwords, two homes share a portion of a 4” service line. The District requires that each dwelling be connected separately to the sewer main but in the massive connections done in the early 1980’s, there were some interconnections made. In this setup, the shared sewer service line may be frozen, or blocked, and sewage could then backup into the other home. This can create a lot of damage especially because a lot of homes are not occupied for entire winter months, only to arrive in the spring and find their home flooded with sewage.
Backups can also occur when the District’s sewer main freezes, or a lift station malfunctions, or a manhole becomes clogged. A continuous backup of sewage into the home would indicate a problem within a sewer main. We are fortunate to have had very few backups over the years, and in each instance, only one house was affected. It is usually the house lowest in elevation near the problem.
We suggest that you speak to a plumber about preventive measures you can take to protect your home. There are several different types of back-flow preventers that can be installed on your sewer pipe to help prevent a sewage back-up into your home. Find out how and where your sewer service line is installed and whether it includes a lift station for service to the main. Proper maintenance of the lift station is important. Speak with your plumber about methods that will help him to thaw out your service line should it freeze up; for example, sufficient cleanouts.
Last but not least, if your home is not occupied full time during the winter months, either properly winterize the home or maintain a proper temperature so as to prevent freezing.This message is not to alarm you but only to let you know that sewer backups can and do happen and to make you aware of what to look for and measures you should take to prevent such occurrences from happening in your home.
See the brochures below for more information on sewer backups and how to prevent them.
What to do if you experience a sewer backup
Follow these simple steps to contain the damage and start recovering.
Carefully try to close as many drains as you can, using extra care with ceramic plumbing fixtures
Don't run water down any drains or toilets in your home until the clogs are cleared
Check if neighbors are affected. This could indicate a problem in the main line
Call a plumber to assist with clearing the issue and closing your drains
Call your utility to report the issue. They will check the main line
Call your homeowners' insurance company to determine what coverage may be available
Call a contractor to clean and restore your home to a livable condition. Your insurance company should be able to recommend one