What is a water service lateral?

The water service lateral is an underground pipe that is part of your home’s plumbing. It is the pipe that runs from the County’s water supply into the home or business. For residences, this pipe is usually 1" in size and runs from the home to the meter barrel where the water meter is installed. If you own your home, you also own your lateral from the end of your home’s internal plumbing to the connection with Spotsylvania County’s water distribution system. Your water service lateral is generally referred to as a private line or pipe.  You are responsible for maintaining your lateral, just like other pipes in your home.

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1. What is a water service lateral?
2. Who is responsible for the maintenance of the private water service lateral?
3. I need to find my water service lateral, shut-off valve, and my pressure regulator. Can Spotsylvania County Utilities locate them for me?
4. I have questions about my own plumbing or I want to check out what my plumber is telling me. Can Spotsylvania County Utilities answer my plumbing questions?