What is a Lateral Line?
A lateral line is the pipe that connects your home to the City’s sewer system. Lateral lines are private property and their maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.
Did you know your lateral lines could be contributing to sewer overflows and backups in your neighborhood? Lateral lines have been identified to be susceptible to inflow and infiltration by unwanted stormwater and groundwater, especially during heavy rain events. Inflow is surface water that enters the sewer system from yards, roof and footing drains, cross-connections with storm drains, downspouts, and through holes in manhole covers. Infiltration is groundwater that enters sewer pipes through holes, breaks, joint and connection failures and other openings. This additional water in the system increases the risk of sewer overflows and puts a strain on the system as a whole. The rainwater that wrongfully enters the sewer system must be treated, driving up the cost of treating and maintaining our wastewater system.
The City of St. Petersburg’s Lateral Line Rehabilitation Rebate Project enables property owners in Maximo Moorings to repair faulty lateral lines at no cost to them. The pilot program is currently localized to select addresses in Maximo Moorings and Greater Pinellas Point. Find the project area maps below.
Funds are available for a limited time and on a first-come, first-served basis:
- Up to $800 for a private lateral line inspection
- Up to an additional $8,000 for private lateral line rehabilitation work
Who Is Eligible?
Single-family homeowners in Maximo Moorings and Greater Pinellas Point within the study area are invited to participate. An extensive analysis of the St. Petersburg neighborhoods was conducted to determine the most effective study areas for private lateral rehabilitation study. Location, average age of the homes, elevation and extensive public infrastructure rehabilitations were the main determining factors in which specific homes within the qualified neighborhoods would be best suited to participate in the study.
View the study area maps below:
Are you interested in lateral line rehabilitation but outside of the study area? You may qualify for a low-interest loan from the Solar and Energy Loan Fund. More information can be found at stpete.org/SELF. Homes that are not eligible for this study may be eligible for other pilot studies in the future.
Prequalified Plumbing Contractors
The City has prequalified plumbing contractors to perform the lateral line inspections and rehabilitation work. Reach out to one of these plumbers to get started.
What To Expect
During the inspection, the selected plumbing contractor will examine the existing private lateral pipe located outside of the residential property using a camera. The plumber does not need access to your home, and you do not need to be present during the inspection.
During the rehabilitation work on your private lateral, your water must be turned off. It is likely that sod and plantings in your yard will also be removed and set aside during the rehabilitation work, the plumbers are committed to restoring your property to the condition they found it. Most rehabilitations take no more than a day or two to complete.
- Register your interest below to let the City know that you'll be contacting one of the prequalified plumbing contractors.
- Schedule an inspection with one of the above City-prequalified plumbing contractors listed above. City funds are available up to $800 for the inspection. You are under no obligation to proceed with any recommended rehabilitation work identified during the inspection.
Deadline: May 31, 2021
- The City will notify you of the amount of the funding you are eligible to receive for rehabilitation work identified in the inspection report, if any. City funds are available up to $8,000 for the rehabilitation.
- Authorize rehabilitation work on your private lateral line with one of the City's pre-qualified plumbing contractors. If you decide to have repairs that exceed $8,000 or the work was not rebate-eligible, those costs will be your responsibility. Note, this must happen within 30 days of City's determination of rehabilitation rebate eligibility
- Complete rehabilitation work.
Deadline: June 30, 2021
If more than 30 days pass between the initial inspection and the authorization of the rehabilitation work, you will not receive a rebate if funding has been exhausted. Contact the City to determine if funding is still available. Property owners receiving a rebate in excess of $600 must submit a federal tax form W-9. The City will issue a federal tax form 1099-G to the property owner for any rebate grant in excess of $600 whether paid to the property owner or directly to the plumbing contractor. It is the property owner's responsibility to consult with their tax professional regarding the 1099-G issued by the City related to the property owner's participation in the project.
Terms & Conditions
To participate in the project, you will be required to enter into an agreement with a plumbing contractor which will include, among other provisions, a release against the City, which waives and releases valuable legal rights. You are encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney prior to participating in this project or signing any agreements as part of this project.