The push to phase out cesspools in Rhode Island continues. Many environmental advocates are testifying at a senate committee this late afternoon to support a bill that would require homeowners to remove their cesspools when they sell their homes.
A cesspool, a hole in the ground that receives human waste from a building, pollutes groundwater and local waterways. State lawmakers have struggled to pass a bill that would phase out cesspools, because the sticking point has been the cost of replacing them with septic systems or tying into a sewer system. But they’re hopeful more money will be available this year to help homeowners with those expenses.
A hearing for the house version of the bill was well attended by supporters.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management estimates about 25,000 cesspools remain in the state.
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