State College offers new sewer line protection program

bmilazzo@centredaily.comJune 29, 2013 

State College announced Thursday that it will offer a utility line protection program for borough residents starting this fall.

Courtney Hayden, spokeswoman for the borough program, said the service offer an affordable way to avoid the “unexpected and often large expense” involved with a sewer line break.

The program is provided through the National League of Cities and administered by Service Line Warranties of America to help educate residents on their sewer line maintenance responsibilities, Hayden said. The National League of Cities has said it promotes this initiative because local contractors are used, keeping dollars in the local economy.

Borough Mayor Elizabeth Goreham said when a line breaks, the cost to repair it can be expensive, so the new program will offer a warranty protection to help cover the costs.

“This program uses local contractors who are familiar with our permitting and codes. The program could improve both water conservation and ground pollution, too, because we believe that residents will be more apt to quickly report any issues with their utility service lines,” Goreham said.

She added that the program is offered at no cost to the borough.

According to Mike Chambers, a representative with Service Line Warranties of America, the price will likely be less than $7 a month and will cover sewer line repairs up to $4,000 plus an additional allowance of $4,000 for public street cutting if needed.

The program also offers a 24-hour repair hotline and the use of local, certified technicians.

Hayden said residents would receive information in the mail in September on the cost and how to enroll. For additional information, contact the SLWA at 866-922-9006 or visit www.slwofa.com.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @ M11azzo.

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