Who is Responsible for the Sewer?

SEWERS – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? The property owner is responsible for all maintenance of the private sewer lateral (see illustration below). All problems on private property are the sole responsibility of the property owner. Please continue reading to help identify when the City can provide assistance.


HOMES WITH A PUBLIC SEWER CLEANOUT. The City will clear blockages in the right-of-way (the area between the sidewalk and the City’s sewer main that usually runs in the center of the street) If you have a Public Sewer Cleanout and are experiencing sewer problems, please call Public Works at: (925) 779-6950; 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information determining if you have a proper cleanout please view our short video on Public Sewer Cleanouts at: http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/PublicWorks/WasteWaterDivision.htm


HOMES WITHOUT A PUBLIC SEWER CLEANOUT. Clearing a stoppage may require additional plumbing work that will not be performed by the City. Residents are encouraged to install an approved Public Sewer Cleanout which allows the City to Maintain the Public Sewer Lateral. If a Private Sewer Lateral without a public cleanout requires replacement within the public right-of-way, it becomes the property owner’s responsibility. The next step for you to take towards understanding the requirements of installing a Public Sewer Cleanout that conforms to City standards is to contact the City’s Building Division with questions regarding permits and/or the construction details at (925) 779- 7065 or http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CommentForms/commdev.asp


Public vs Private Sewer