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The Wastewater Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for the wastewater collection system throughout the City including all sewer mains, manholes, lower laterals, and 7 lift stations. Wastewater treatment is handled under a Joint Powers Agreement with the City of South San Francisco. Approximately 3.4 million gallons of effluent per day are pumped from San Bruno through the Shaw Road Pump Station to be treated at the South San Francisco/San Bruno Water Quality Control Plant  The treatment plant, which is located on Belle Air Road in the City of South San Francisco, just north of the San Francisco International Airport, is operated and maintained by the City of South San Francisco.  Treated wastewater is discharged two miles out into San Francisco Bay via a join outfall pipe shared by the cities of San Bruno, South San Francisco, Millbrae, Burlingame, Colma, and the San Francisco Airport.  

Sewer Lateral Frequently Asked Questions

Point of Sale Sewer Lateral Requirement

Effective May 8, 2015, the City of San Bruno will begin enforcement of a point-of-sale requirement for sewer lateral inspections. If your home is over 50 years old, your sewer lateral must be inspected and certified by the City before it is sold. Click on the documents below to find out more about the requirement.

Program Description

San Bruno Municipal Code 10.13

Inspection, Repair, and Replacement of Private Sewer Laterals

Flow Chart

Application Form

Time Extension Certificate

Sewer Lateral Warranty Information for Homeowners & Form

Click here to read the warranty FAQs and an introductory video to the warranty program (external links)

Frequently Asked Questions

Private Sewer Lateral Grant Program

(Program was discontinued October 31, 2017)


If you notice a sewer overflow/backup, please call (650) 616-7160 IMMEDIATELY.  Do not use the 'Contact Us' or Customer Request Portal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Wastewater Division at (650) 616-7160.