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SEWER DEPARTMENT

The City of Spearfish Sewer Department is currently overseen by the department foreman and a three man crew (shared with the water department) who are currently responsible for inspection and maintenance of the City’s 55 miles of sanitary sewer lines and 2 raw sewage pump stations. The crew utilizes a jet/vac unit which uses high pressure water for cleaning the lines. Along with the jet/vac unit, a television camera is used to inspect the mains when needed. The department also aid’s in plan review and inspection of new line installation in our growing city.

Although the City’s crew makes a great effort to prevent sewer back ups from happening, they may still occur. We have added the following article to help explain why they happen and what to do if one occurs.

FAQ's

Q: What is the City of Spearfish’s responsibility regarding private sewer laterals?

A: The property owner is fully responsible for maintaining adequate sewage flow to and through the sewer lateral, from the property structure to and into the sewer main. When failure or stoppage of a sewer lateral occurs, City crews will respond only to check the sewer main to verify that the main is open and sewage is flowing. If the sewer main is found to be clear, it is the responsibility of the property owner to call a licensed plumber or drain cleaning service to correct the problem.

Q: What if my sewer backs up?

A: If you experience a sewer backup, call us at 642-1333. After hours, weekends and holidays, call us at 642-1300.

We will dispatch a crew to your address to determine if the stoppage is in the sewer main or your sewer lateral. If the sewer main if found to be clear, it is the responsibility of the property owner to call a plumber or sewer/drain cleaning service to correct the problem. The property owner is responsible for maintaining adequate flow to and through the sewer lateral from the property structure and into the sewer main. If the blockage is in the sewer main we will fix it as quickly as possible and keep you informed about what is being done.

Q: What about the mess?

A: A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of valuables, damage to your house, and electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and damage.

  • The property owner is responsible for contacting and taking care of cleanup on their premises.
  • The property owner should then contact their own private insurance agent and submit a claim for their damages. After their carrier pays the damages, if they feel it was negligence on the City of Spearfish’s part, they will subrogate against the City’s insurance carrier to recoup damages and return the deductible to the property owner.
  • All property owners should contact their insurance agent in regards to the sewer backup endorsement. This is an endorsement that can be purchased on their homeowner’s policy, but is generally not covered on a standard form.

LINKS:

- Coping with Sewer Backups

 

 

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