Water and Sewer Service Lines

Did you know?

As a homeowner you are responsible for the water and sewer service lines buried on your private property. A breakdown to these lines could happen without warning resulting in an unexpected and costly emergency repair. The lifespan of a service line depends on many factors including construction material, soil conditions and use and the location, number and species of nearby trees. While not typically covered by basic homeowners’ insurance, residents are encouraged to check with their provider to confirm if they have existing coverage. Residents may also consider coverage from an external service plan provider.

Illustrated diagram showing the areas of water and sewer the homeowner is responsible for shown in red and what the municipality is responsible for shown in black.

Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC)

Image of the Service Lines Warranties of Canada logo.

The Municipality of Killarney has partnered with Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) to offer eligible homeowners optional repair plans to help protect residents against potentially expensive emergency repairs to water service lines or well and sewer/septic lines on their private property.

Participation is optional and voluntary for homeowners. The program is solely managed by SLWC and uses no public funds. Residents will not be solicited in person or by phone. A homeowner who chooses to enroll in this program should do so with the knowledge that the Municipality of Killarney in no way warrants or is liable for the work or performance of SLWC.

Residents who choose to sign up for a plan have access to these benefits:

  • A repair hotline available 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Pay $0 for covered repairs up to a benefit amount
  • Repairs performed by an insured and licensed plumber
  • One-year guarantee on covered repairs

Plans Available in the Municipality of Killarney:

  • Exterior Water Service Line coverage - $5.08 + any applicable taxes
  • Exterior Sewer/Septic Line coverage - $5.73 + any applicable taxes

For more Information:

Click here: SLWC PLANS (or) visit www.slwofc.ca

Toll-free phone number: 1-844-616-8444


Frequently Asked Questions

SLWC is an independent company, separate from your local utility or community. If you would prefer not to receive solicitations from SLWC, please call 1-844-616-8444.

There are several benefits the voluntary SLWC program brings to Killarney and its residents, including:

  • Educating residential property owners about their responsibilities for the maintenance, repair and replacement of water service and sewer lines (portion from their homes to the property line) – at no cost to the Municipality of Killarney.
  • Assuring the Municipality of Killarney that all repairs are performed to code and that all appropriate permitting is pulled.
  • Reducing expense to property owners and the Municipality of Killarney because the service plans encourage residents to report exterior water service and sewer leaks in a timely manner. Timely exterior water service line repairs conserve water and reduce water loss for the Municipality. Timely sewer line repairs also minimize wastewater pollution, helping the environment.
  • Resulting in fewer calls and involvement of the Municipality of Killarney personnel regarding infrastructure that is the responsibility of property owners saves overall taxpayers money.

Typically, no. Most homeowners are surprised to learn that they are responsible for the repair and replacement of broken or leaking utility lines on their property. While most basic homeowners policies will pay to repair the damage created by failed utility lines, they typically do not cover the cost of the repair of the line itself. SLWC encourages residents to call their insurance company to determine their actual coverage.

Yes, coverage provides for repair or replacement of either water service or well lines.

The Municipality of Killarney allows SLWC to use Killarney’s logo in communications to indicate that there is a formal relationship in place and to let residents know that the offering is legitimate, it is for the residents’ benefit and has the approval of the Municipality of Killarney. All the mailings SLWC sends to Killarney residents are first reviewed and approved by the Municipality staff prior to use.

SLWC is committed to transparency in all its communications. All SLWC materials clearly state that the services the company offers are voluntary and that they are offered by SLWC, a private company that is separate from the Municipality of Killarney.

To be removed from future mailings, contact SLWC by calling 1-844-616-8444.