Statistical analysis of lateral house connection failure mechanisms

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The performance of lateral house connections can have a substantial impact on the overall level of service provided by sewer systems. However, knowledge on the failure probability of these components remains scarce. This paper analyses field data to determine failure rates. A distinction is made between different mechanisms that contribute to the overall failure probability of lateral house connections. Root causes that promote the occurrence of these failure mechanisms are derived from a literature review. Results of a trend analysis shows a time constant failure rate, which exceeds blockage rates reported for main sewers. Fat, oil, and grease deposits are the dominant failure mechanism for both a specific case study in Rotterdam and the Netherlands. Literature suggests misuse and the structural condition as main root causes for this failure mechanism. The sheer number of failures associated with lateral house connections suggests that these components should be taken into account in sewer asset management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-80
Number of pages12
JournalUrban Water Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Lateral house connections
  • Serviceability
  • Sewer blockages
  • System assessment


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