Who Is Responsible For Sewer & Water Lines?
In the city of New York, if you are a property owner, you are responsible for the sewer and water pipes that connect your building to the mains under the street.
If an issue with your pipes is found, you will be served a water notice, be fined and/or have your water service cancelled if you do not have it repaired.
3-Day DEP Notices
The Department of Environmental Protection serves a property owner with a 3-day notice when a leak is found during road construction or inspection. The property owner has 3 business days from the day they received the notice to hire a licensed plumber and complete the sewer or water main repair.
If repairs aren’t made within the allotted timeframe, they will be fined and receive a 10-day shutoff notice for their water service.
10-Day DEP Notices
The DEP serves 10-day notices if a property owner fails to have their sewer repairs completed for their original 3-day notice. At this point, only a licensed plumber can get you an extension.
If your issue is not fixed within the 10 day window, the DEP may return to destroy the tap and will only reestablish your water connection once they get confirmation that the repair has been completed.
Licensed Outdoor Plumber
Per the guidelines, all Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notice repairs must be completed by a licensed outdoor plumber.
According to The Official Website of the City of New York, “a licensed outdoor plumber is a plumber who is licensed by the Department of Buildings to make repairs on pipes beneath the ground.”
Licensed outdoor plumbers will know how to make the necessary subsurface repairs and work directly with DEP to ensure all permits and inspections are taken care of.