Sewer Utility Easements
To better service our customers, RVSD occasionally needs access to public utility easements on private property for essential routine maintenance and repairs.
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An easement is a defined area of private property that is legally designated for access by an entity other than the property owner. Different types of utility easements include: sewer (RVSD), water, electricity, and gas.
Approximately 37% of RVSD's sewer system is located on private property. Click the images below to see examples.
Click the links below for more information on Easements.
Our goal is to connect with impacted property owners in advance of routine maintenance to provide timely information and build productive relationships.
Click on the interactive map below to find out if your property has a RVSD easement. If you have an easement on your property, provide your contact information by clicking here.
Sewer 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 sewer system.
Some easements are explicitly recorded as encumbrances on private property, and the rest are prescriptive easements because they have existed in their locations for decades. Legal right of access applies whether or not the easement is ofﬁcially recorded.
Click here to learn more about RVSD's right to access and access procedures.
To maintain the public easement:
- Do not plant trees within the easement as roots can damage infrastructure and create blockages.
- Keep the easement clear of debris and do not place any objects on manhole lids.
- Do not build gates or fences over manhole lids. Permanent structures cannot be built within an easement.
- If you plan to install a fence that restricts access, notify RVSD and ensure a gate is installed for easy access.
- If you plan to add a lock to your gate, notify RVSD and provide a key copy or combination for our staff.
RVSD has authority to remove any obstruction impeding access to District infrastructure. Property owners may be held fully financially responsible for: any damage from sewage backups or spills at any and all affected properties, and all associated costs incurred by RVSD.
The image below shows impeded access to a manhole.
RVSD conducts routine maintenance on public sewer infrastructure and may occasionally require access to a public sewer easement on your property. RVSD works to notify owners in advance by posting customer notices on doors, mailing notice letters, or via call/email.
Although RVSD makes effort to contact owners in advance, this is not a requirement and RVSD staff may access the public easement whenever necessary to perform maintenance or repairs.
Methods of communication:
- Door Hangers - RVSD may knock or place a Customer Notice on your door (see image below). Ask for staff identification to verify it's us.
- Notice Letters - RVSD may send a letter in the mail for: upcoming maintenance, required access, impeded access, and/or enforcement action.
- Call or Email - RVSD may call or email owners. Click here to email us your contact information.