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Association of Bay Area Governments Pooled Liability Assurance Network Corporation (ABAG PLAN)

Position on the Prevention of Sewer Backups and Backflows

We believe that backups and backflows - in spite of our best collective efforts - can and will occur, and when they do, the worst place for backups is in a home or business.

We support:

  1. Regulatory standards for sanitary sewer system and maintenance, designed to prevent sewer backflows.


  2. Professional standards and training for quickly responding to and effectively mitigating the effects of sanitary sewer backups and overflows.


  3. Protecting the public from sewer backups and backflows by requiring backflow prevention devices, including cleanout overflow devices.


  4. Education on the risks and prevention of sewer backups.