This is the second park I have had under contract where the only thing wrong with it is that the city is billing back for infiltration. They have installed a flow meter and are bleeding the park to death and practically holding it hostage until the lines are fixed or replaced. The lines are in perfect shape for old clay tile, the only problem is leaking at the joints due to the sealant wearing off. I have spoke at length with sewer professionals and engineers. The general feedback is if you have a sewer system built with clay tile then you are going to have some infiltration. Most of it coming from the joints of the mains and laterals.
I have looked into solutions ranging from full replacement, relining, pipe bursting and grouting. Replacing can cost upward of 600k for redoing the main and laterals and pipe bursting is looking upward of 250k for a 100 space park if you are including the laterals. The only cheaper solution is grouting which has a shorter life span and only part of the laterals can be grouted making it not a complete solution.
These costs are more than enough to bk a small time operator.
Im curious if any one has had any experience with this sort of situation.
Who’s to say that eventually they wont demand this of all parks that have clay tiles sewer systems which is the majority of them I would imagine.
Also, how is it that they can go after this park but not every other park, apartment building, and or even single family residence that was built before the 70s and has a clay tile system. This almost seems illegal and unfair that they just go for the park owners since its one entity with a 100 homes verse going after a residential neighborhood and having to deal with a 100 plus individual property owners.
I have called a few municipal lawyers and no one seems to be familiar with this situation and if there is anything I can do about it. Before I pay a lot of money to have an attorney start researching this sort of stuff I thought I would post here to see if anyone has any suggestions.