Private Lateral Rebate Program, helps over 50 City Residents

The City of Gulfport Private Sewer Lateral Replacement Rebate Program, a City sponsored program, assisted more than 50 private homeowners in replacing their home’s defective Sanitary Sewer Lateral(s) that connect to the City’s Sanitary Sewer System. The goal of the program was to reduce the amount of private property ground and surface water inflow and infiltration (I&I), subsequently entering the City’s Sanitary Sewer System.

Gulfport City Council, in April of 2018, approved the City of Gulfport Private Sewer Lateral Replacement Rebate Program to assist homeowners in the replacement, purchase, installation, and inspection of a failing sewer lateral between the home and the city connection. The original budgeted amount was $127,500.00.

“Failing sewer laterals contribute excess water to the public sanitary sewer systems and potentially cause or contribute to the failure or overloading of the City’s (public) system. The inflow and infiltration from laterals can cause sewer backups into a community’s buildings resulting in damage to surrounding properties, community health risks and environmental degradation,” said Tom Nicholls, the Public Works Director for the City of Gulfport, Florida.

As of Wednesday, July 1, 2020 funds for the program are now exhausted and the program has reached capacity. However, if additional funding becomes available in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s P2 Program, the City of Gulfport Private Sewer Lateral Replacement Rebate Program will reopen to assist homeowners in the replacement, purchase, installation, and inspection of a failing sewer lateral between the home and the city connection. For more information, please contact Public Works Director, Tom Nicholls at (727) 893-1090.  

 

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