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Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield wins cross-connected pipes court case brought forward by homeowner

A judge recently ruled in favour of Beaconsfield in a small claims court action launched by a homeowner over cross-connected sanitary and storm water pipes.

The homeowner, Zenovij Pacholuc, was claiming about $4,500 from associated pipe repair bills, which were carried after the city sent a notification in October 2010 advising of an incorrect connection. The city noted then that untreated waste water from the home had been flowing through a creek into Lac St-Louis due to the sanitary sewer being incorrectly plugged into the storm sewer and vice versa. The homeowner argued in vain that it was the responsibility of the city to inspect the connections and that it failed in its task and therefore it should bear the costs of the pipe repairs which had been completed by early 2011.

Quebec Court Justice Sylvain Coutlee, however, ruled last month that the city is only legally obligated to inspect the storm and sanitary sewer connections leading to the proprety line, not to the pipes inside the house.

 

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