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25.08.010 Purpose.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 183397, effective January 8, 2010.)  The purpose of this Chapter is to establish responsibility for the operation and repair of damaged common private sewers or private sewers that traverse another private property in the absence of any written agreement among or between property owners.  It is the goal of the City to have each individual property served by an individual lateral to a public sewer.  Nonconforming common private sewers or private sewers that traverse another property and are located in a private easement are exempt from this Section.  This Chapter grants the City authority to abate nuisances created by the use of damaged private sewers, without regard to the fault of the property owner, and authorizes the City to recover the costs it incurs in abating these nuisances by assessing liens against properties served by the damaged private sewers.  This Chapter allows property owners to seek any legal relief against any person responsible for causing or exacerbating damage to the private sewer.