Oakland sewer repair ordinance went into effect on January 16, 2012. The new Oakland sewer lateral ordinance is called the PSL Ordinance, which stands for Private Sewer Line Ordinance.
Affected property owners will be required to obtain a certificate from EBMUD indicating that their Private Sewer Laterals are without defects and have proper connections to make sure they are not contributing excess water into the treatment system. There are three triggers that will require the sewer inspection so far. The first is the sale of a home. Before a home in Oakland can be sold a compliance certificate from EBMUD will be required. The second is a remodel where the project size is $100,000 or greater and the third is changing your water meter size. It doesn't matter if the meter size is being increased or decreased, a compliance certificate is required in both situations. Many homeowners and people wishing to become homeowners will be affected by this new Oakland sewer repair ordinance.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) is spearheading an effort to keep the Bay clean. The EPA and RWQCB are requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), six East Bay cities, and one sewer district to fix old, cracked sanitary sewer pipes to ensure they don't allow the infiltration of rainwater which can overwhelm wastewater treatment facilities, resulting in untreated or partially treated sewage being released into the Bay. As a result, EBMUD and its partners are phasing in a Regional Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Ordinance in some east bay communities. Affected property owners will be required to obtain a certificate from EBMUD indicating that their PSLs are without defects and have proper connections. Follow the link to EBMUD's website for the requirements on the East Bay Regional Private Sewer Lateral Program.