California Regional Water Quality Control Board Compliance Order

In 2013, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered Ross Valley Sanitary District (the District) to fix old, cracked sanitary sewer pipes. Many pipes are in need of repair to prevent the infiltration of rainwater, which can overwhelm the wastewater collection system and Central Marin Sanitation Agency treatment plant, leading to sanitary sewer overflows in the community or discharges of partially treated wastewater into the San Francisco Bay.

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board's order compelled the District to phase in a Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance (Ordinance) beginning in June 2014. All requirements of the Ordinance went into effect as of July 1, 2014, except those relating to property sales, which became effective on January 1, 2015.

Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance

Property owners must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from the District for any of the following conditions: you are buying or selling a property, remodeling in excess of $75,000, or adding a bathroom.

RVSD Bypass Pumping During Rain Event

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  1. Jurisdiction
  2. Property Sales & Remodels
  3. Steps for Compliance
  4. CIDs/HOAs
  5. Fees

The District’s jurisdiction includes the City of Larkspur, Town of Ross, Town of San Anselmo, Town of Fairfax, and the unincorporated areas within the boundaries including Sleepy Hollow, Kentfield, Greenbrae, Fairfax, and San Anselmo.