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What is SLAP?

The Sewer Lateral Assessment Program (SLAP) provides financial assistance to low-income residents of Chattanooga for the repair or replacement of defective sewer laterals. Repairs are conducted by a licensed plumber under contract with the City.

What is a Sewer Lateral?

A sewer lateral is the pipe that carries wastewater from a house to the sanitary sewer main line. The sewer lateral typically extends from under the house to the center line of the street. Defective sewer laterals can leak raw sewage, which can pollute surface water and create a potential health hazard. Compromised sewer laterals also allow rain to enter the main sewer lines, overwhelming the sewer system and causing it to overflow.

Who is Eligible for SLAP?

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for SLAP:

  • The home must be located within the Chattanooga City Limits.
  • The home must be owner-occupied.
  • The applicant must qualify as low-income per HUD guidelines.
  • The applicant must be up to date on all City and County taxes.
  • The sewer lateral must be compromised and discharging sanitary wastewater outside of the home or allowing infiltration into the sewer system.

What is Covered by SLAP?

SLAP covers the full cost to repair or replace the sewer lateral from the exterior of the home to the connection with the sewer main for qualified homeowners.

What is Not Covered by SLAP?

SLAP does not cover repairs or replacements to the indoor plumbing of a home. SLAP does not cover commercial or rental properties.

To apply for SLAP or for more information, please contact:

Phone: (423) 643-6014

Stormwater Division

1250 Market Street, Suite 2100
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 643 - 5877

To report an issue please call 311 at 423-643-6311

Click here to view information on the proposed FEMA Floodplain Map Update

Check Mocassin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant Information for sanitary sewer information

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