Water & Sewer Lateral Protection Program

No one likes an unexpected expense, especially when it means paying a large amount for a much needed repair. That is why the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities designed a water and sewer line protection plan - a fee based monthly program that takes the expense, stress and worry out of water and sewer line repair.

As a homeowner, you own the water and sewer line that runs from the street into your home. It is your responsibility to repair those lines in the event of a water leak or a sewer blockage. The cost to repair a water line can range from $1,500 to $2,500 and the sewer lateral line can range from $4,000 to $5,000.
A mock-up of a Sewer Lateral
You may be surprised by this, but most homeowner policies do not provide any coverage to water line breaks or clogs in your sewer line.

The CBPU Water and Sewer Lateral Protection Program would ease the frustrating task of spending time finding a qualified professional to locate the problem and repair the line.

Program Steps


Here are the simple steps to sign up for the protection program:
  • Review a copy of the Lateral Protection Agreement (PDF).
  • Return a signed copy of the agreement to the CBPU for the service level you would like. The monthly fees for the water and sewer protection plans are $3.50 and $5.45 respectively.
  • If you have an issue with your water and/or sewer lateral once the agreement is in place, then help is just a phone call away. Customers under the program just need to call the CBPU if they have a problem. CBPU staff or a qualified contractor will respond and identify the problem. Depending on the nature of the problem with the lateral, CBPU staff or a CBPU qualified contractor will make the necessary repairs.
  • The program coverage limits are $4,000. In the event the needed repairs were to exceed those coverage limits, the CBPU would notify the customer of the estimated expense prior to performing the work. The CBPU offers a Lateral Financing Program as well that could be utilized to cover any expenses above the program limits.

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