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SEWER INSPECTION

WHAT IS A "SEWER INSPECTION"?

Sanitary sewer "collection systems" require periodic inspection and maintenance to insure service reliability. Most sewer inspections are made through the manholes which are located at designated locations throughout the "collection system."

Manholes will need to be located, opened and cleaned before inspection and services work will be performed. In the case of internal pipe inspections, closed circuit video inspection units will enter the piping through the manhole and exit from adjacent manholes along the "collection system."

In most situations, sewer inspections are performed on the publicly owned and maintained portion of the "collection system."

WHY IS A "SEWER INSPECTION" NECESSARY?

The "collection system" owner must periodically inspect and perform maintenance on the system to insure service reliability. Most "collection systems" deteriorate with age and require rehabilitation. Site specific questions should be presented to the operating authority of the "collection system" whose contact information appears on monthly water bills.

WHO AUTHORIZED THIS "SEWER INSPECTION"?

The inspection is authorized and conducted by the utility system owner or the system's designated Operator. Site specific questions should be presented to the operating authority of the "collection system" whose contact information appears on monthly water bills.

WHERE IS ACCESS REQUIRED?

Inspection work is performed through the sanitary sewer manholes. Should the sanitary sewer manhole be located in the backyard of a home or office, inspection personnel will need safe, non-obstructed passage around the manhole location.

WHAT IS A "SANITARY SEWER CLEAN-OUT CAP"?

The clean-out cap is a point of access along the private owned portion of the service line. In most cases, the clean-out cap is located near the building foundation at points where the service line exits the building. Most clean-out caps are white, black or gray PVC plastic approximately 3" - 4" in diameter.

SPS can provide clean-out cap location assistance for those residents that call in advance.

WHY DO I NEED TO REMOVE MY CLEAN-OUT CAP?

Gray water can potentially back-up into buildings and creat a smelly mess in the bathroom areas. Removal of the clean-out cap will prevent this by providing a point of escape outside of the building.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE RESIDENT?

Permit timely access to the utility easement manhole(s) during the test times and dates indicated on the sewer inspection notice and restrain pets. Field personnel will not contact each resident along a sewer line prior to the inspection process. Sewer inspection notices (door hangers) will be distributed prior to the inspection.

HOW LONG DOES THE INSPECTION TAKE?

Dependent on the construction and configuration of the collection system, most inspections are completed within 4-6 hours. Some areas require a longer inspection period than others and there are times when it is necessary to return at a later date to complete the inspection.

** Texas law provides access to utility easements and District Facilities by the the Texas Water Code. This includes directors, operators and contractors of the utility district.

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