Who Should Repair Broken Sewer Pipe?

RENO,NV - After a sewer pipe broke, an Indian Hills resident says the way he's being treated stinks. Chris Dickson said a sewer pipe broke Friday, spilling sewage into his yard. "We noticed the tubs and toilets we backing up," he said. "It's seeping into my neighbor's yard and toward the street and I can't contain it."

Dickson said he called the Indian Hills General Improvement District, which later handed him a copy of Nevada law. Although the pipe broke under a street, the law says it is still the homeowner's responsibility to repair.

"They brought us a piece of paper and now we have to cut up the street, curb, sidewalk, gutter, asphalt," Dickson said.

Dickson said his family is using a portable toilet his landlord provided. He said his landlord is getting estimates to repair the problem, but said he feels the treatment by local government is not fair.

"When the City shows up on the weekend and implies it's their territory, and shows up on a Tuesday and says it's your problem, someone needs to know."

Indian Hills is located near the Douglas County-Carson City line. A representative from the Indian Hills General Improvement District said the pipe that broke is specifically for Dickson's house, branching off the main line. He said the law makes repairing the issue the homeowner's responsibility.

Dickson said his family is looking for another place to stay until the problem is repaired.

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