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Contractor and Nursery Sewer Smart partners

The "Be Sewer Smart" program was initiated by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the ABAG Pooled Liability Assurance Network Corp. in 2003. We've partnered with Bay Area cities and sanitary districts to educate the public about how they can prevent sewer backups and backflows.

ABAG is working with professional plumbing associations to help homeowners find licensed, reliable and affordable plumbing contractors throughout the Bay Area.

We've also partnered with the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers to help homeowners find nurseries and garden centers where they can also get tree-planting advice to help them avoid sewer problems. Click on one of the links below to find a contractor in your area to help you evaluate your risk of backup by performing a simple and inexpensive Sewer Smart Home Inspection, install a backup and backflow prevention device, or get advice on Sewer Smart landscaping issues. For more information about these participating organizations' members, contact them directly using the information provided.

Peninsula

Peninsula Builders Exchange
The Peninsula Builders Exchange is a non-profit, member-run association. Begun in 1945, the association's mission is to improve standards and cooperation within the construction industry.
Peninsula Builders Exchange
Tom McGinley 735 Industrial Road #100
San Carlos, CA 94070
Telephone: (650) 591-4486
Fax: (650) 591-8108
Email: support@constructionplans.org
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Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of San Francisco
PHCC is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education, and training of the industry for the protection of the environment; and the health, safety and comfort of society.
P.O. Box 281378
San Francisco, Ca 94128-1378
Phone: (650) 588-5702
Fax: (650) 588-7012
Email: office@phccofsf.com

North Bay

North Coast Builders Exchange A construction association serving Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties.
North Coast Builders Exchange
Deb Rourke
1030 Apollo Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Phone: (707) 542-9502
Fax: (707) 542-2027
Website: www.ncbeonline.com Email: deb@ncbeonline.com

Participating Nurseries and Garden Centers

California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers
Your local nursery or garden center is a good source of Sewer Smart planting information. For a list of such businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area participating in the Be Sewer Smart program, visit the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers Website.
*Lists are provided as a resource only. ABAG and its members do not require or endorse the use of any of these firms. This list is not to be construed as exclusive, comprehensive, or limiting in any way. Qualified contractors can be found in the Yellow Pages under "Plumbing Contractors" or "Sewer Contractors". However, be sure you hire a licensed firm with experience in sewer hookups and your local code requirements.

East Bay

Builders Exchange of Alameda County The Builders Exchange of Alameda County was organized in 1932 as the Oakland-Alameda County Builders Exchange and is a non-profit membership association composed of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturer's representatives, as well as individuals and firms that are directly or indirectly related to the construction industry. While the majority of the members are from Alameda County, a considerable number of member firms are located in adjacent counties.
3055 Alvarado Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Telephone: (510) 483-8880
Fax: (510) 352-1509
E-Mail: beac@beac.com
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education, and training of the industry for the protection of our environment and the health, safety and comfort of society.
Chris Bonetti
135 Lindbergh Ave., #C
Livermore, CA 94550
Telephone: (925) 455-4188
Fax: (925) 455-4187
Email: chris@phccaccc.org