IMPORTANT: Rhode Island Cesspool Act
State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
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A cesspool is any buried chamber (could be a metal tank, a perforated concrete vault, or a covered hollow or excavation) that receives sewage from a building for disposal into the ground. The Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007 (RIGL § 23-19.15) mandates that all cesspools located within 200 feet of the inland edge of the coastal shoreline feature bordering a tidal water area must be abandoned and the home upgraded with a new onsite wastewater treatment system or connected to available municipal sewer lines. The Act also requires cesspools located within 200 feet of public wells or within 200 feet of drinking water reservoirs to be replaced as above.
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RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
OFFICE OF WATER RESOURCES
Frequently Asked Questions
Cesspools and the Rhode Island Cesspool Act
September 1, 2015
Following towns all have >350 properties identified: Warwick, Portsmouth, Tiverton, North Kingstown, Narragansett.Letters have been sent to North Kingstown, Jamestown and Narragansett.Even if you don’t get a letter from DEM and you do have a cesspool within the 200 foot zones, Rules still apply.
If you have questions about the Cesspool phase out visit: www.dem.ri.gov
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