In most cases, yes. However, Durham Water's staff will discuss the treatment of "boundary trees" situated along the edge of the easement with the property owner. These trees can remain in place until the sewer main is replaced by the City, provided the following conditions are met:
- Inspection by the City's staff reveals no signs of tree or plant root intrusion into the sewer main or manholes, which could lead to blockages and sewer overflows.
- The "boundary trees" are located within the easement in a way that does not impede the City's access to the sewer main or manholes or pose a risk of damage to the main or manholes in high wind conditions.