Sewage Overflow

The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors objected to a proposal to require sewage-line inspections whenever property is sold in the city. While the city’s sewage mains are well maintained, according to the Public Works Department, the lateral lines leading into the mains from private property are not. Leaks and roots in the sewage laterals are causing raw sewage to be flushed down streets and into storm drains during heavy rain. Point-of-sale checks – along with checks during development and repairs as problems are discovered by sewage main workers – were favored by the dozen other organizations that participated in workshops to solve the problem. Realtors, however, said requiring sewage-line inspections before property sales would stall the sales’ process.

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