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To understand what they are telling you, what they did not explain is the common law concept of easements, which provides that for the purposes of utilities
, such as sewer, water, electricity etc, easements are granted by operation of law to provide those services. Easements are not ownership of the land. The land remains owned by the owner of the actual property the easement goes through, they are called the servient estate
. The person who uses someone else's property to go across with these easements is called the dominant estate. See: 1 MINOR ON REAL PROPERTY (2d Ed., Ribble), § 87. See also: Bunn v. Offutt, 216 Va. 681, 684 (1976). Because “an easement is not an ownership interest in land, it is axiomatic that an easement is
not an estate. This conclusion is consistent with authorities from numerous jurisdictions.” See: Burdette v. Brush Mt. Estates, LLC, 278 Va. 286, 292 (2009).
So while your pipes have rights to travel across city owned property to the main line, you do not own that property, you only have the right for your pipes to cross their property to get to the main line.
It is not lack of logic, it is the VA and common law of easements, which is only a right of use, not ownership.