Sewer Pipe Responsibility
The District (RVSD) is responsible for public sewer pipelines and pump stations which collect, pump and transport wastewater to the Central Marin Sanitation Agency for treatment.
Residents and businesses are responsible for private pipes (sewer laterals) that extend from homes or businesses and connect to District sewer pipelines.
If you have a public sewer emergency, such as a manhole overflow, leaking pipe or smell or see sewage on the ground, please contact us immediately for 24-hour response at (415) 259-2949.
You can also email comments or questions to Info@rvsd.org.
For help addressing problems with private property sewer problem or emergency, please contact a licensed plumbing contractor. Make sure any plumber you hire for a private property sewer emergency is familiar with District policies and programs.
PG&E Gas line Replacements/Crossbore Inspections
During the installation of new gas lines by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), some private sewer laterals may have been pierced or completely bored through - known as a cross bore. Underground Service Alert (USA) does not typically mark private sewer laterals when out marking utilities. As a result, cross bores may go undetected, and if pipe has been damaged, create a potentially hazardous situation. For gas line cross bore information, visit PG&E's website. A review of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspection should also include looking for evidence of cross bore. If you suspect a gas line cross bore, call PG&E at 800-743-5000. If you suspect a gas leak, warn inhabitants, evacuate the area and call 911 and PG&E at 800-743-5000.