The City is responsible for maintaining, and when necessary, replacing or upgrading the City’s sewer collection system. In order to keep up with these requirements, the City developed and adopted the Sewer System Management Plan on April 21, 2009. A component of the Sewer System Management Plan is the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Emergency Response Plan.
The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s sewer mainline. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the sewer lateral that connects the building to the City’s sewer mainline (BMC Title 8, Chapter 1, Section 107). The City will reimburse for damage to sewer lateral lines usually maintained by the property owner if the sewer lateral is crushed or displaced by City-owned trees located in the City-owned parkway (BMC Title 8, Chapter 1, Section 312). The City must inspect this damage prior to the removal of the broken sewer lateral.
Any emergency sewer overflows that appear to be on the City’s sewer mainline should be reported immediately to Public Works at (818) 238-3915 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For after hour emergencies, call (818) 238-3778 or (818) 238-3000.