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Who should maintain lateral pipes?

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Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, an article entitled "Lodi landlords wrestle with water billing issues" appeared online in the News-Sentinel.

While reading the article, it appeared the main discussion was about landlords with multiple tenants and how to bill for water usage, since there will be only one water meter per property. Other discussion included the maintenance of lateral pipes. Per the article, currently the city of Lodi maintains not only the water mains, but also the lateral pipes that run from the main in the street up to the house.

I emailed a council member and asked if the maintenance of these pipes was being shifted to property owners. The response to my email stated that city staff requested a policy be written stating that property owners are responsible for maintenance of the lateral pipes. I asked where I could find the current policy on this subject matter, and was told there is no current written policy.

Since the change is in the discussion stage, I was told this is the time property owners should let the City Council know if they object to or agree with a policy stating property owners are to maintain the lateral water pipes.

Please notify the City Council members (through the city clerk) what you want done regarding lateral pipe maintenance in the city of Lodi — either the city maintains the lateral pipes, or property owners maintain the lateral pipes.

Now is the time to make your opinion known.

Judy Botts


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