Roots in the Sewer System Policy

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PURPOSE 
The purpose of this policy is to have a definite policy in place for the maintenance or replacement of sewer services that are being blocked by tree roots. 

This policy will protect boulevard trees while providing a procedure where a tree can be removed if the root problem is serious enough. 

POLICY 
If a sewer service is suspected of being plugged by roots: 

1. If a plumber has called and reported roots in the sewer service: 

1.1. The sewer service must have a proper cleanout that is easily accessible, 

1.2. The City will video camera the service to see if there are roots and where they are located in the service, and 

1.3. If it is established that the roots are from a boulevard tree, 

1.3.1 The City will pay the plumber’s most recent bill for root cutting in the service up to a maximum of $100.00, 

1.3.2 The City will assume responsibility for the root cutting in the sewer service. 

1.3.3 If the service plugs from roots twice more in the next 12 months, the boulevard tree will be removed at the City’s expense. 

1.4 If the roots are from a tree other than a boulevard tree the property owner shall be fully responsible for the clearing of the service. 

1.5 If the roots could be either from a boulevard tree or a tree other than a boulevard tree the City will take over the responsibility for the service, and 

1.5.1 Pay 50% of the plumber’s most recent bill for root cutting up to a maximum City contribution of $50.00, 

1.5.2 Assume responsibility for the root cutting in the sewer service and will invoice the property owner for 50% of the cost. 

1.5.3 If the service plugs from roots twice more in the next 12 months, the boulevard tree will be removed at the City’s expense. 

1.5.4 After removal of the boulevard tree the property owner will be fully responsible for the cleaning of the service. 

1.6 Notwithstanding all of the above, should the City decide, at its sole discretion, that it wishes to retain the boulevard tree, the City can set up a frequent service root cutting program to make sure that the service remains open.