Projects can only use easements in lieu of extensions of public sewer drains IF they have SPU approval.
As of this notice, projects submitting for new preliminary applications will not be allowed to use an easement in lieu of an extension of the public sewer system unless an adjustment or exception is made by the General Manager of SPU. SPU protects existing and future assets and ratepayer resources by providing an orderly and predictable public system. Minimizing the length of privately-owned side sewers will better serve future residents of the property, as well as reduce the total life cycle costs of owning and maintaining them. It will also help protect ratepayers by reducing claims filed by residents due to issues with easements and long, privately-owned utility services. For reference, see SMC 21.16.040, SMC 22.800.080, SMC 22.16.250 and SPU Policy DWW-160: Restrictions on Use of Easements In Lieu of Drainage and Wastewater Main Extensions.