Side Sewer Assistance Program

0% interest loans to fix broken side sewers
Time to apply
30-40 mins
Processing time
Age range
18 and up
Call or email to apply


The Side Sewer Assistance Program provides income-eligible homeowners with interest free loans to repair their side sewer. If you own your home in Seattle, you own the side sewer. The side sewer is the sewer pipe that carries wastewater from sinks, toilets, and drains to the public sewer in the street.

Unsure how to know if your sewer pipe is broken? Refer to the Troubleshooting Your Sewer Problem guide for information.


How to Apply

Applicants can apply for the Side Sewer Assistance Program by calling (206) 684-0244 or emailing You will need to provide the following information:

  • Property address
  • Brief description of the major repairs needed
  • If you have received a letter from the Office of Housing, SPU, or another related agency.

To complete the application you’ll also need to provide:

  • Government-issued identification for everyone living in your household
  • Income documentation for everyone living in your household
  • Verification of address via utility bill or mortgage payment receipt.

What to expect after applying:

  • Your application will be reviewed and processed.
  • If your application meets the eligibility requirements, a representative from the Side Sewer Assistance Program will contact you.
  • The Side Sewer Assistance Program will connect you with a private contractor and financing to perform the work.

Learn More

Printable Side Sewer Assistance Flyer

Seattle Public Utilities - Your Side Sewer: Find resources to help you understand, protect, maintain, and if needed, repair your side sewer.



Maiko Winkler-Chin, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA , 98124-4725
Phone: (206) 684-0721
Fax: (206) 233-7117

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