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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97204

Private Sewer in the Right-of-Way

private sewer in the right-of-way diagramSome nonconforming sewer connections are private sewer lines that extend beyond the property boundary into the public right-of-way to connect with the public sewer. Most of these private lines were never recorded so they can't be marked for location before any utility construction in the right-of-way.*

It's not uncommon for property owners to be unaware that a private sewer line in the public right-of-way connects their property to the public sewer. The best way to know for sure is to hire a plumber to scope your private sewer lateral. The cost usually ranges from $100 to $200. The plumber should provide you with a recording of the scope on DVD*.

Under certain conditions, the city may accept or adopt a private line in the right-of-way serving residential properties.

*Inability to mark a private sewer line in the public right-of-way can make the owner of the line liable for construction delays and equipment damage.

 

*DVD copies cannot be returned.

Heartbleed Security Notice

A serious security vulnerability known as "Heartbleed" was recently discovered in OpenSSL, a popular software library commonly used by many websites on the internet to encrypt communication between a user's computer and a web server.

PortlandOregon.gov is NOT affected by this vulnerability as it does not use the OpenSSL software library. Please rest assured we are dedicated to protecting your security on this website.