Residents on Davis and Cordelia Streets in Fox Lake will be among the first to see if their sewer laterals need to be replaced. The city council recently approved a bid in the amount of just less than $100,000 for a sewer and paving project for those two streets. Earlier this year officials sent letters to residents informing them that they would required to replace their sewer lateral if it were found to be defective. But rather than testing every property, officials would identify defective laterals only during major street projects. City Administrator Bill Petracek says they won’t know until they open up the street.
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Sewer laterals are the pipes that run from a private residence to the city owned sewer line and the change in policy was put in place in an effort to reduce flooding associated with sanitary sewer overflows during times of heavy rain.