Water and Sewer Policy
The City of Laurinburg will extend water-sewer service within the City when funds are available (from the City or other sources) and costs are reasonable, and when they:
- Improve the water or sewer system or enhance future annexations, or stimulate economic development, or establish or protect territory, or have substantial benefit to citizens inside and outside the City
- The determination of whether or not costs of extending water-sewer service are “reasonable” is in the sole discretion of the City Manager, subject to appeal to the City Council, which determination shall be final.
The City’s Water Distribution Department constructs and maintains approximately 200 miles of City owned water distribution mains ranging in size from 2 inch to 20 inches. We also maintain approximately 153 miles of County owned water distribution mains ranging in size from 2 inches to 10 inches. Water is transported under pressure through main distribution lines. Smaller pipes, called service lines, are attached to the main water lines to bring water from the distribution system to homes and businesses. The City maintains approximately 9,600 water taps ranging in size from ¾ inch to 12 inches.
Backflow assemblies are required to isolate hazards from the public water supply.
The City’s Sewage Collection Department constructs and maintains approximately 146 miles of sewer collection lines ranging in size from 2 inch force mains to 36 inch gravity mains. One of our main goals is to reduce Inflow & Infiltration (I&I). I & I is defined as excess water inflowing into sanitary sewers or infiltrating sewer lines. The City has an I & I program to reduce and/or eliminate Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). Excess water may come from too much rainfall infiltrating through the ground, leaking manholes, or illegal connections such as roof drains. Sewer lines can also be infiltrated by growing tree roots. I&I is a major cause of SSOs which is an environmental and health issue. The City’s Sewage Collection Department has a sewer camera system and video recording equipment to record leaky joints, breaks in pipes, etc. We are in the process of applying for grants to help rehab some of the system in need of repair. Replacing and rehabilitating these lines and manholes reduces I & I into the sanitary sewer system, thereby protecting the public health, improving wastewater treatment plant efficiency and reducing system maintenance. The City of Laurinburg has an ordinance to reduce grease in the sewer mains that cause blockages and overflows.
The City of Laurinburg’s Fats, Oils, and Greases Ordinance requires that food service facilities install and maintain grease traps and /or interceptors to prevent grease from entering the sewer system. The City of Laurinburg encourages its residents to reduce the amount of fats, oils and grease that enters the system because there are more residential kitchens than there are restaurants.
For more information on Fats, Oils and Grease please click here.