On Tuesday, April 6, 1999, residents of unincorporated St. Louis County voted YES for Proposition 1 on the St. Louis County Election ballot.
Proposition 1 - the Residential Sewer Lateral Repair Program - covers the cost of repairing a defective residential sewer lateral. ( Residential sewer laterals run from the foundation of a house to the sewer main.) Under the new program, homeowners will pay a $28.00 fee annually. This fee was included on the 1999 real estate property tax bills issued to homeowners in unincorporated St. Louis County. The $28.00 fee establishes a fund that will cover the cost of replacing a defective sewer lateral.
Prior to Proposition 1, homeowners were responsible for paying the total cost of repairing their sewer lateral. Sewer lateral replacements can range from $2,000 to $15,000. If a sewer lateral runs under a street before connecting to a sewer main, the cost of repair could reach the higher number of $15,000.
With the new program, homeowners do not pay for the replacement of their sewer lateral. However, they are responsible for hiring a licensed plumber or licensed drainlayer to clear any blockage in their sewer lateral.
For more information on the program, please call 314-615-8427.
St. Louis County Licensed Plumbers List
E-mail your comments or questions directly to a representative of the Sewer Lateral Program.