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.