When construction of the new sanitary sewer is complete, a notice to connect will be issued to all homeowners who are part of the project. There are some actions that must be taken by homeowners in order to connect to the sanitary sewer. The cost of these initial connection requirements are outside of the scope of the project infrastructure costs and are the responsibility of each homeowner.
Sewer Lateral From Home to Sewer
A lateral sewer line must be run from the home discharge point to the new sanitary sewer. This means a trench must be dug and sanitary sewer connection to either the gravity line at the street or to the grinder pump station must be made. The cost of this sewer lateral will vary based on the distance of the home connection to the sewer.
Decommissioning of Existing Septic Tank
After connection to the new sanitary sewer is made, the old septic tank must be decommissioned so it does not present a health or safety hazard. This decommissioning includes having it pumped empty and then filled with sand or gravel and the lid crushed. The final step in this decommissioning process is to have the County Health Department inspection completed and verified. There is a fee associated with this inspection that will vary by county but is usually around $75.00 per inspection.
Electrical Service Connection
Electrical service connection applies only to pressurized systems with grinder pump station installations. The grinder pump stations have a control panel with indicator light that requires electrical connection to function. You will need to have a licensed electrician run an electrical connection from your breaker to the control panel using the line that was dug for the lateral line. This does not apply to gravity systems.
Permits, Inspections, and Fees
As previously mentioned, you will need to pay the County Department of Health to inspect your decommissioned septic tank. Additionally, once the connection is complete, you will need to have an inspection of the entire connection completed by the sewer district, which will finalize your connection. Some sewer districts and treatment providers will assess a connection fee – this will vary significantly by project area and sewer district.