Homes in Portland that are serviced by the municipal sewer systems are connected to the City’s main lines via sewer pipe lateral. In most cases each house has its own lateral line that connects directly to the nearest main line, without going through a neighbor’s property. But in some cases, older houses are connected using alternative configurations that were uncomplicated at the time of construction. There are many instances throughout areas within Portland, in which multiple houses connect to a main line through a single lateral with branches that connect to each house. This is referred to as a “party line.” These branching segments are typically on private property, so an existing party-line system is considered to be a private agreement and a shared responsibility between the two or more property owners utilizing the line.
The sewer codes of today now prohibit party lines in order to avoid situations in which one homeowner could be cut off by another. Some cities require immediate action when party lines are discovered. In some cases, however, homeowners on pre-existing party lines are only required to fix the issue when they decide to pursue major redevelopment on their property. The City is responsible for maintaining the public main lines, but it’s up to each homeowner to build and maintain the laterals that transport sewage to the edge of their property, as well as assume the expense.
Portland, have you registered yet for the NASTT’s No-Dig Show? It’s being held this month in Dallas. The NASTT No-Dig show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America. Professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. We’ll have many fascinating, informative demo’s on the latest trenchless technologies along with exhibits, products and resources on all of our services locally and nationwide. You won’t want to miss it!
Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center/ March 20th-24th
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051