“The City of Santa Cruz is responsible for 160 miles of sewer main pipeline. We have two sewer crews that spend all day, five days a week, cleaning sewer main lines and inspecting them. We are also spending a million dollars a year replacing older lines that were built in the 1930’s and 40’s. We need homeowners to help us by maintaining the sewer pipes that connect their houses to the greater sewer system.”

Sewer laterals can break due to pressure from vehicles in the street, from old age or root intrusion. In Santa Cruz we have a lot of big beautiful trees and they are looking for water. Especially during the drought they were really thirsty and they found sewer laterals to be a good place to get into and then they clog up the pipeline.”

  • Steve Wolfman, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department