Sewer line rules under debate today |

Sewer line rules under debate today

Gregory Crofton

Clarification of a policy that affects residents who plan to remodel their homes could be adopted today at a board meeting for the South Tahoe Public Utility District.

The district requires remodeling or new construction projects to air test lateral sewer lines that run from the edge of a property line to the district’s main sewer line.

If the pipe fails the air test, it can mean sizable excavation and pipe replacement bills for a homeowner.

According to the district, which formed a stakeholder group in March to hash out a revised ordinance, the existing ordinance has been confusing to residents and contractors.

The proposed ordinance change would specifically define what is required of the air test and redefines the term “remodel” as: “any construction activity which increases the number of sewer units required to serve improvements on the property; or a tear down and/or reconstruction of more than 50 percent of the existing square footage of a building on a property; or the relocation of plumbing fixtures of a building on a property which requires a building permit; or a tear down and/or reconstruction of any multiple living unit located on a property with multiple living units.”

The district board meets today at 2 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers.

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