The City of Tuscaloosa stated in a Sunday afternoon Tweet that its residents may now apply for the City’s Residential Lateral Assistance Program, which will assist homeowners in the city with replacement and repair of their sewer lateral.

On its website, the City listed the following list of requirements:

  • Must reside within Tuscaloosa City Limits
  • Must currently live in the home
  • Must be the homeowner/mortgagee for the home
  • Must have a documented private lateral issue

There are said to be many causes for sewer line failure including tree roots, obstructions, and old age. Signs that a sewer line is failing are said to include gurgling noises in your toilet, very slowly draining water, a sewer smell in or around your house, or patches of lawn that appear to be moving or sinking. Source.

It is important to note that the City indicates the program will NOT cover damaged or blocked pipes inside or under a home nor restoration of landscape or hardscapes. So, these issues should be taken into consideration before submission of application.

Other necessary items for application include the following:

  • Completed Application (see form)
  • $50.00 non-refundable Application Fee (Check or money order only)
  • Copy of Mortgage Record or Deed of Ownership
  • Video inspection of the sewer lateral  - on a USB drive
  • A sketch which indicates the nature and scope of the defect
  • Copy of two (2) different utility bills dated within 30 days of the application
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