According to the City of St. Petersburg, a lateral line is the pipe that connects your home to the City’s sewer system. The lines are private property and their maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.
The Problem – When Lateral Lines Cause Backups
Lateral lines could contribute to sewer overflows and backups in your neighborhood. They have been identified to be susceptible to inflow and infiltration by unwanted storm water 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 Solution: The City of St. Petersburg’s Lateral Line Rehabilitation Rebate Project
This pilot program enables property owners in Maximo Moorings to repair faulty lateral lines. It is currently localized to select addresses in Maximo Moorings and Greater Pinellas Point. To view the City’s study maps, go to: https://www.stpete.org/water/lateral_lines.php Per the City, rebates 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.
If you live outside the study area but are interested in lateral line rehabilitation, you may qualify for a low-interest loan from the Solar and Energy Loan Fund. More information can be found http://www.stpete.org/sustainability/solar_and_energy_loan_fund.php Homes that are not eligible for this study may be eligible for other pilot studies in the future.
Estelia Loves….. Maximo Moorings
Maximo Moorings is a great, well-established neighborhood that mostly features midsize homes. On average, homes are $153/square foot and typically list for around $275,000. Days on the market are about 103 days. Property taxes average $3,410 per year; homeowners’ association fees are approximately $150. The neighborhood is home to the Maximo Marina, the largest covered marina on Florida’s West Coast.
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