C.M. Haflinger wrote to complain about the necessity of replacing a deteriorating residential sewer connection (“Sewer repair answers,” Nov. 5). I don’t know where Haflinger has been, but replacing aging orangeburg pipes has been occurring throughout San Luis Obispo for decades. Orangeburg pipe was used extensively in post-WWII America as a result of a shortage of materials and a housing boom.
Just like the people in Los Osos are learning, it is the obligation of homeowners to connect their houses to the municipal sewage collection system. It’s the price we pay for civilization and not having sewage flow in our streets spreading disease and polluting our water. I recently heard a laughingly appalling story about a neighbor who, when faced with replacing her sewer line, actually wanted to install a septic tank in her yard rather than pay for a new connection. Can you imagine a leech field in the front yard?
It’s too bad Haflinger’s pipes lasted as long as they did. When our pipe failed 12 years ago, we took advantage of a city rebate program through a state or federal grant. As a result, a $6,000 job only cost $4,000.