To better serve our customers, RVSD occasionally needs to access public utility easements on private property. Routine maintenance and repair work are essential to keep the sewer system working properly. During emergency conditions, access to easement areas and the ability to work within them is essential.
The types of sewer system infrastructure located on easements includes manholes, rodholes and pipes, mostly located underground. Manholes and smaller rodholes are access points on the sewer system. Their iron lids need to be uncovered and always accessible to District personnel.
RVSD has an unusually high percentage of the public sewer system on private property. Approximately 37 percent of pipes – about 66 miles of the sewer system's total 200-miles of pipe, and 34 percent of manholes – are located on 15 percent of the private parcels located within our service area. This averages out to about 35 percent of the total system being located within an easement.
An easement is a defined area of private property that is legally designated for specific use, access and travel through by an entity other than the property owner. Different types of easements include the right-of-way, sewer (utilized by RVSD) and easements for public utilities such as drinking water, electricity and gas service.
Some of these easements are explicitly recorded as encumbrances on private property, and the rest are prescriptive easements because they have existed in their locations for decades.
Easements provide RVSD the legal right of use and access to any of its facilities, equipment or assets that are located on private property in order to maintain the region's interconnected sewer system. This legal right of access applies whether or not the easement is ofﬁcially recorded.
As one of the steps in RVSD gaining access, property owners, residents and businesses with a sewer easement located on their address may receive a door hanger notice like the one shown in the illustration to the right.
You can also watch our easements video for more information below!
Do you have a Sewer Utility Easement on your property? Watch this video to learn how you can easily find out!
RVSD has a Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance in place (see Sections 8 and 9) for the communities it serves. This Ordinance provides RVSD the legal right of use and access to service any of its facilities, equipment or assets and make emergency repairs to pipes and equipment located within an easement on private property.
Interactive Parcel Search Map
Click on the interactive map below to find out if your property has an RVSD easement on it. Our goal is to connect with all impacted property owners in advance to provide timely information and build productive relationships moving forward. If you have an easement, we request that you communicate your preferences to the District on how you would like to be contacted in advance for occasional maintenance activities or emergencies.