This was issued as a joint news release from Rep. Teresa Tanzi and me
Working in close collaboration with the RI Department of Environmental Management, Rep. Teresa Tanzi has sponsored, and Rep. Donna Walsh has co-sponsored, new legislation, H-5732, to completely eliminate the use of old-fashioned cesspools in Rhode Island.
By the end of 2013, all households located near coastal waters and public drinking water supplies must replace cesspools either with state approached on-site wastewater treatment systems or hook-ups to sewer systems. But that still leaves thousands of cesspools still in use across the state and an on-going threat to the environment and public health.
“It’s time to finish the job,” said Reps. Walsh and Tanzi in a joint statement. “The 2007 cesspool act has brought us to the point where we have sharply reduced pollution going into our drinking water and sensitive coastal areas, but more must be done. We now know beyond a doubt that old-fashioned cesspools will pollute the environment and that pollution will spread beyond the property line of the owner to affect the community.”