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Wastewater Collections is the conveyance of wastewater from a business or residence to the wastewater treatment plant using underground pipes and lift stations. The CAWD collection system is comprised of approximately 81 miles of gravity sewers ranging in size from 6 inches to 27 inches in diameter together with nearly 4 miles of force mains, 7 pump stations, and over 1,500 manholes.

The major trunk sewers include the Carmel Valley Interim Trunk Sewer which serves Rancho Rio Vista, portions of Carmel Views, the Carmel Rancho Shopping Center, Hacienda Carmel, Del Mesa Carmel, Quail Meadows and outlying areas at the mouth of the Carmel Valley; the Hatton Canyon Sewer (which joins the Carmel Valley Trunk sewer at the intersection of State Route 1 and Rio Road) serves the High Meadows, Carmel Knolls and portions of the Carmel Hills subdivisions; two trunk sewers serve the city of Carmel and the Hatton Fields areas. The Carmel Meadows subdivision is sewered separately.

Pump stations are located at (1) the westerly boundary of Hacienda Carmel, (2) the westerly terminus of 8th Avenue (at Scenic Drive), (3) the intersection of Monte Verde Street and Sixteenth Avenue, (4) west side of Scenic Road approximately 200 feet north of Ocean View Avenue, (5) the end of Calle La Cruz (Carmel Meadows) (6) at the westerly boundary of the Carmel Meadows subdivision approximately 750 feet southwesterly of the Calle La Cruz pump station and (7) on the West side of Highlands Drive approximately 100 yards from Highway 1. All pump stations have been upgraded to allow remote monitoring and have capabilities for standby power and emergency bypass.

The five person collection system maintenance crew cleans the entire system a minimum of once annually and performs routine repair work as necessary.

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Collections team members



If you see water backing up in your sinks, shower, toilet or yard call CAWD immediately for a free inspection. Backups are an emergency so don’t hesitate to call us day or night. We are here to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our friendly, professional staff will determine if the stoppage is in the main line (our problem) or the lateral line (your responsibility). If you call a plumber you will pay regardless of who is at fault.

Your yard’s sewer overflow device may look like a capped pipe or a mushroom. Keep it clear of soil and debris to prevent back-ups into your home. For help finding your clean-out / Sewer Relief Valve or for a free inspection please call us at (831) 624-1248. 

Application for Plumbing Permit
  • Submit a check or cash to cover the fee for the sewer lateral permit.  Fee structure:  All work on property $130.00 or Work on property and in the street $250.00
  • Provide a copy of the required insurance documents (see above)
  • Call the District Inspector at 831-574-6700 at least 24 hours prior to your desired time of inspection

Insurance Requirements For Plumbing Permits when the Homeowner is Completing the Sewer Work

  1. . A copy of the homeowner's policy
  2. . And a notarized statement releasing CAWD from all responsibility (template below)
Homeowner letter of release of liability.docx

Insurance Requirements for Plumbing Permits with a Professional Licensed Plumber- Endorsement can be CG20-10 or CG20-13 (specific permits)

How To Obtain A Sewer Lateral Permit 

  • Present the current Certificate Of Insurance (COI) for commercial general liability, automobile liability, and workers compensations, at the CAWD administrative office, located at 3945 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93922. (COI's)  have a policy effective date for one year. Each year a new (COI) must be updated at the CAWD administrative office. 
  • The (COI) must have a general description of work and list CAWD as the certificate holder
  • The (COI) must attach CG20 13 or a comparable authorized certificate
  • Complete the current Sewer Lateral Plumbing Permit Application Form: 

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