The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) is spearheading an effort to keep the Bay clean. The EPA and RWQCB are requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), six East Bay cities, and one sewer district to fix old, cracked sanitary sewer pipes to ensure they don't allow the infiltration of rainwater which can overwhelm wastewater treatment facilities, resulting in untreated or partially treated sewage being released into the Bay. As a result, EBMUD and its partners are phasing in a Regional Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Ordinance in some east bay communities. Affected property owners will be required to obtain a certificate from EBMUD indicating that their PSLs are without defects and have proper connections.
The following cities are required to have sewer clearance prior to close of escrow or test done without further repairs. Please watch out the agreement. The cost may be expensive and recently that we have a deal & couldn’t fund in last minute because buyer just realized the cost and procedure. Details of additional mandatory inspections are listed on attached addendum above.
Proof of compliance regarding Sanitary Sewer Lateral prior to close of escrow for the following cities:
. San Pablo
The ordinance requires property owners to test and, if needed, repair or replace their private sewer laterals when selling their property.
. El Cerrito
. Richmond Annex