September 21, 2020

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Sewer Laterals

The sewer is the last thing most people think about. But once it fails, that’s all people impacted think about.

A primary component of the City’s sewer system is actually owned and controlled by each individual property owner in Suisun City, and is the most prone to failure. But it’s also one of the easiest to maintain.


Sewer Lateral Basics

Diagram - Private Sewer Lateral

This component is the sewer lateral.  It is the pipe that connects your home or business to the public sewer main. Every drain in your home or building is connected to the sewer lateral that runs from your structure to the public sewer main in the street.

The vast majority of sewer backups are the result of a clog or failure in the sewer lateral.

Sewer laterals are accessed through cleanouts usually located in the ground just outside your home or building. These are often protected under round covers flush with the ground or pavement with the word “sewer,” “clean out” or “C.O.” imprinted on them.  If there is a sewer problem in your home, this is usually where the plumber will access your drains.

In some cases, particularly in newer neighborhoods, there is a second cleanout on a sewer lateral located near the sidewalk or street. This is often referred to as a curbside cleanout.  The purpose of this cleanout is to allow Public Works Maintenance staff to access the spot where the sewer lateral joins the public sewer main.

When one is present, the curbside cleanout is the demarcation of an upper and lower lateral.  The upper lateral runs from the house to the curbside cleanout, and the lower lateral runs from the curbside cleanout to the public sewer main.


Responsibility & Maintenance

Sewer laterals and public sewer mains are typically constructed as part of a new subdivision or at the time of construction.  When the project is complete, the public sewer main is dedicated to the City and the sewer laterals and cleanouts transfer to the owner of the home or building.

In most communities, including Suisun City, the entire sewer lateral – from the house or building to the public sewer main – and all cleanouts are the responsibility of the property owner to inspect and maintain.

In situations where there is a curbside cleanout, Public Works Maintenance will take responsibility for the lower lateral. The upper lateral and the curbside cleanout remain the responsibility of the property owner.

Clogs in sewer laterals are often the cause of backups into homes and buildings. Property owners can install backflow prevention devices at their sewer lateral cleanouts to help prevent backups.  While these devices provide some protection, their manufacturers do recommend periodic maintenance.

The Sewer Smart Pamphlet below discusses sewer lateral maintenance and backflow devices in some detail.


Resources

  • Sewer Smart website
  •   Sewer Smart Pamphlet (560.8 KiB, 2,886 hits)
    This pamphlet provides information regarding sewer laterals, property owner ownership & responsibilities, and maintenance tips to keep your sewer lines flowing.

  •   Sewer Smart Pamphlet - Fats, Oils & Grease (2.0 MiB, 2,554 hits)
    This pamphlet contains information on why Fats, Oils & Grease (F.O.G.) are the main reason your sewer line will backup, and how to help prevent it from happening to you.

 

Start water service

Though drought emergency may be over, Suisun-Solano Water Authority has retained wise water use regulations.
Please use this link for more information.

The City of Suisun City provides domestic water and sewer services for all properties located within its boundaries. These services are supplied through partnerships with regional agencies, though the local billing is handled by the City’s Finance Department.

Bills for utility service are sent every other month and cover two months’ service.

Water Service

Domestic water is provided through the Suisun-Solano Water Authority, a joint powers authority of between the City of Suisun City and the Solano Irrigation District. The City handles the local billing and requests for water and sewer service; the Irrigation District delivers the water to the meter of each property.

The Water Authority board, which consists of the City Council and the District board, provides policy direction for the Authority.

  Utility Services Application (293.9 KiB, 177 hits)
NOTICE: A $30 deposit is required before an application can be processed.
Checks and money orders should be made out to “City of Suisun City.”

For additional assistance, visit the Finance counter at City Hall, or call (707) 421-7320.

Sewer Service

Sewer service is provided to Suisun City residents by the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, an independent special district established to manage local sewer issues. Billing and requests for services are handled by the City Finance Department.

Service laterals from individual homes and businesses to the sewer main are the responsibility of the property owner. The City’s Public Works Department maintains sewer mains up to 10″ in diameter.

Other Utilities

All other utilities are provided to Suisun City residents by the respective utility companies.

Fat, Oil & Grease Don’t Belong Down the Drain

Stop the FOGHoliday cooking can generate lots of tasty food, and left over fats, oils and grease, particularly if you are brave enough to fry a turkey. Fats, oils and grease (or F.O.G.) poured down a drain into the sewer system can significantly reduce the capacity of your sewer laterals and form into large plugs in public sewer mains that cause real problems.

Place your cooled F.O.G. items into sealed containers this holiday and put them into the residual trash container collected by Republic Services. If you have a large quantity, like from the turkey fryer, contact Republic Services directly for information on how to recycle it.

For more information on F.O.G. and how to safeguard your sewer system this holiday, please go to our Sewer F.O.G. resource page.

Sewer F.O.G.

The sewer and wastewater systems are essential components of Suisun City’s health and safety infrastructure.

While these systems do an excellent job of removing unwanted wastes from homes and businesses, there are some materials people often put down their drains that clog or damage their sewer laterals and the public sewer mains.  These materials are collectively referred to as F.O.G. – Fats, Oils and Grease.


F.O.G. Basics

FOG InfoFats, oils and grease are the components of our diet that make food extra tasty and that doctors want most people to avoid. You can add plumbers and sewer system operators to the list of folks who would prefer you minimize F.O.G.

What is F.O.G.? Here as some common items:

  • Cooking oils
  • Lard
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Meat fats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sauces
  • Salad dressings
  • Dairy products
  • Fatty foods

When fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) are poured down the drain, they solidify and adhere to the inside of the pipes, laterals and mains.  Running either hot or cold water down the drain with F.O.G. doesn’t help prevent this buildup from occurring.

When you couple F.O.G. inside your pipes with the items often put through garbage disposals, you begin to form a potential sewer clog. Particularly harmful food items are rice, noodles, fruits, vegetables, egg shells and coffee grounds – all of which can be composted instead.

Over time, the F.O.G. material combined with the food waste can form an actual plug in household or business pipes, sewer laterals and even move down into public sewer mains.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 50% of all sewer overflows are caused by F.O.G.


Prevent F.O.G. Problems

Prevent sewer F.O.G. from damaging your drains, sewer laterals and the public sewer main by putting cool fats, oils and grease into sealed containers and placing it in the residual garbage container collected by Republic Services / Solano Garbage.

If you have large quantities of used cooking oil, contact Republic Services directly about turning it in for recycling.


F.O.G. Resources

  •   FOG Information Card (596.5 KiB, 2,300 hits)
    Fats, Oils and Grease are major hazards to drain pipes, sewer laterals and public sewer mains. Learn about the hazards and how you can protect yourself. (English and Espanol)

  •   Sewer Smart Pamphlet - Fats, Oils & Grease (2.0 MiB, 2,554 hits)
    This pamphlet contains information on why Fats, Oils & Grease (F.O.G.) are the main reason your sewer line will backup, and how to help prevent it from happening to you.

 

Sewer & Wastewater

Sewage TreatmentSuisun City partners with the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) to provide sewer & wastewater services to the residents of Suisun City.

The FSSD owns and operates the trunk sewer system, which includes all sewer mains larger than 12 inches in diameter, the major pump stations and the force mains that convey wastewater to the Treatment Plant on Chadbourne Road in Fairfield.  The FSSD also provides sewer services to Fairfield and Travis Air Force Base.  The City Councils of Suisun City and Fairfield sit as the governing body of the FSSD.

Suisun City owns and operates 74 miles of small gravity sewer mains fall less than 10 inches in diameter.  Lateral service lines connecting individual structures to a sewer main are the responsibility of the private property owner.

The FSSD also is responsible for helping administer stormwater diversion and control regulations and coordinating the annual Coast and Creek Cleanup events.

If you see a sewer failure, call the Police Dispatch Center immediately at 707-421-7373. Dispatchers are on duty 24/7 and will send the correct staff to address the issue.

SEWER SYSTEM MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Sewer System Management Plan (the SSMP) was created and will be updated periodically to comply with Section 13268 of the California Water Code, as administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (the SWRCB) and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (the RWQCB).

The SSMP is organized into 11 Elements and a number of Appendices.  Use the links below to access the document in pdf format.

 

 

Utility Services

The City of Suisun City provides domestic water and sewer services for all properties located within its boundaries. Services are supplied through the Suisun-Solano Water Authority, but customer services are provided by the Suisun City Administrative Services Department.


NEW WATER SHUT-OFF POLICY & PROCEDURES

Effective February 1, 2020, in compliance with SB 998 – The Water Shut-off Protection Act – the City has adopted a new policy and procedures to provide additional protections for delinquent residential water customers before interruption of water service.

Complete details can be found in the City resolution below:


START & STOP SERVICE

GENERAL INFORMATION


WATER SERVICE

Domestic water is provided through the Suisun-Solano Water Authority, a joint powers authority of between the City of Suisun City and the Solano Irrigation District (SID). The City handles  local billing and requests for water and sewer service; the SID provides field service, capital maintenance, water delivery and water treatment services.

The SSWA board consists of the City Council and the SID board.

For an application to start utility services, please use the link above, or visit City Hall or Police Department Headquarters. A $30 deposit is required before your application can be processed; checks and money orders should be made out to “City of Suisun City.”

To discontinue or disconnect water service, use the online request form or visit City Hall during regular business hours.  Shut off services for disconnected accounts are only available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Water Service Resources:


SEWER SERVICE

Sewer service is provided to Suisun City residents by the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, an independent special district established to manage local sewer issues and governed by the City Councils of Suisun City and Fairfield. Billing and requests for service are handled by Suisun City Administrative Services.

Service laterals from individual homes and businesses to the sewer main are the responsibility of the property owner. The City’s Building & Public Works Department maintains sewer mains up to 10″ in diameter.


OTHER UTILITIES

All other utilities are provided to Suisun City residents by the respective utility companies.