Residential Sewer Lateral Repair Program


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.

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St. Louis County Department of Public Works 

Sewer Lateral Repair Program

1050 N. Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63132
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (314) 615-8427
Fax: (314) 615-8406
Email: [email protected]

Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or to submit your sewer lateral repair application.