Letters to the Editor
Easy fix for sewer laterals; ordinance redundant
Re: Kenwood Press article, “Proposed sewer ordinance could affect Glen Ellen homeowners,” Nov. 1, 2016.
I attended the public information meeting at the Glen Ellen firehouse in October and follow the newspaper articles in regards to the proposed sewer lateral ordinance.
The Sonoma County Water Agency [SCWA] sanitation department has been working on increasing the main sewer pipe size from the plant in Vineberg to a diameter of 36 inches. The old pipe is 21 inches in diameter. Presently, the agency spends 3-4 million dollars per year to extend the new increased pipe size toward Glen Ellen.
The sewer system works as designed during normal rainless conditions.
However, when rain begins to fall, sewer overflows occur in the Bokman Ct. area and other areas. The system can’t handle rain and normal sewer flow at the same time. The sewage flows into the creek resulting in fines to the sanitation district. However, the SCWA pipe size increase is proposed to reach the Bokman Ct. sub division in 15 years. Therefore, the rate payers will be paying sewer spill fines to the Bay Area’s Water Quality Control Board for the next 15 years.
The homeowners from Broadway Market to Glen Ellen can resolve this problem by disconnecting rain leader connections to the sewer. The rain leaders attached to your roofs are creating huge spikes in sewage treatment at the sewer plant. New housing construction has been rubber stamped by the SCWA sanitation department knowing the overflowing sewage problem exists.
The simple solutions of extending rain leaders with three inches of light-weight flex drain pipe toward the street is highly recommended. The pipe can be rolled up, covered and stored during the summer months. If homeowners follow this suggested course of action, the district and rate payers will benefit through reduced fines and lower sewer rate increases.
I am sure homeowners recognize sewer lateral problems. Plus, the Permit and Resource Management Department requires a test on sewer laterals during construction remodels. This proposed ordinance is redundant.
Susan Gorin’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Write a short note.