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    Category: Sewer and Septic Clean

    Cedar Point, Onwasa discuss sewer service - November 6, 2014 by admin


    Tideland News Writer

    The town of Cedar Point and the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority are engaged in early but serious talks about extending sewer service to the town from Swansboro.

    Billy Joe Farmer, executive director of the Onslow utility company, and Jim Allen, a Swansboro commissioner who is on the ONWASA board of directors, met with the Cedar Point Board of Commissioners and Town Administrator Chris Seaberg during a work session in town hall on Oct. 23.

    According to all three men, the talks were informative and productive, and Seaberg said the next step for the town board is to decide whether to amend and/or expand a 2012 sewer feasibility study done for the town by The Wooten Company.

    Seaberg, Allen and Farmer all said there is a long way to go before the discussion could bear fruit. Farmer, for example, said he had not even brought the idea formally to his board. But Allen, who Farmer praised as knowledgeable, said he personally favored the idea of ONWASA seriously exploring the possibility.

    I think it would be good for us (ONWASA) and good for them (the town), he said. It would be good for the environment there are a lot of septic tanks and (private package) treatment plants in Cedar Point and good for the White Oak River, which divides Swansboro, in Onslow County, and Cedar Point, in Carteret.

    Seaberg said the board, during that Oct. 23 work session, agreed to think about the idea and discuss it more in November.

    It obviously is a big step, and if we did decide to move ahead, wed have to go to the state and get them involved, he said. But there are a lot of people in town who in surveys have said they want sewer.

    That Wooten study, which cost town $26,000, including a grant from the N.C. Rural Center, and $19,600 in town funds, strongly recommended that the town pursue a partnership with other local governments or agencies, such as Cape Carteret or ONWASA, if it wanted to get into the provision of sewer service to residents, businesses or both.

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    Luther sewer committee proposes solution for sewer, drainage issues - November 1, 2014 by admin

    The community of Luther is making progress in finding a solution to the towns sewer problems, thanks to the efforts of a committee that has been meeting weekly.

    During a special council meeting Thursday night, the committee, led by Tanya Doyle, who co-owns BFE Vintage Motorcycles in Luther with her husband, gave the Luther City Council an update on the committees progress and findings.

    Rather than going along with the councils proposed city-wide sewer project and ordinance, the committee has come up with a potential solution that will be more favorable to residents. The committee is proposing each resident or property owner in Luther should be responsible for bringing the septic system on their property up to compliance with Boone County regulations. Members of the committee canvassed the town, checking with property owners to see if their septic systems were in compliance. As a result, the committee came up with a list of 37 properties in the town where it is unknown if those properties septic systems are in compliance.

    In addition to the sewer issues, the town wants to resolve the drainage issues that have caused headaches for residents for a number of years. After speaking with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the committee learned that if the town repairs and cleans the existing tile, the drainage issues could be resolved. Therefore, the committee is proposing the council approves a plan to clean all existing tiles, repair all broken tiles and add additional tile or increased tile sizes where necessary. The committee also wants the city to pass an ordinance that adopts the Iowa state septic code.

    I cannot see why the residents of Luther would be against this, Doyle said of the committees proposals.

    Doyle also discussed the $370,000 I-JOBS grant the city obtained and needs to use by next year. After doing some research into the grant, the committee discovered the grant would cover 23 percent of the total project expense. Construction permits would need to be obtained and project plans would need to be approved by Jan. 30, 2015, with all work completed by June 30, 2015, in order to use the grant money. The individuals Doyle has talked to have voiced willingness to work with the community so they can still make use of the grant money.

    Council member Erica Herold pointed out that the town may be able to use the I-JOBS grant to pay off a state revolving fund loan used for services provided by MSA Professional Services, a Des Moines engineering firm. MSA was contracted to design a sewer system plan for the town.

    After much discussion, Herold requested the Luther sewer project be put on the next council meeting agenda, stating she would be in favor of abandoning it so the town can move forward with the committees proposed plan. No action was taken on the committees proposed plan during Thursday nights meeting.

    The next Luther City Council meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Luther City Hall.

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    ELECTION 2104: Men vying for Mill Bay director identify sewer and salary issues among top priorities - October 31, 2014 by admin

    Voters in Mill Bay won't be pondering any surprises from unfamiliar candidates before marking their ballots in the civic election Nov. 15.

    The positions of both incumbent Mike Walker and challenger Kerry Davis for the job of representing Area A on the Cowichan Valley Regional District board are well-known.

    Current director Walker served two terms from 2002 through 2008 before taking a break and then returning for another term from 2011 until the present.

    Davis ran for the Green Party in the provincial election last year, losing the seat to the NDP's Bill Routley.

    Walker vows to continue on the same path as the last several years and residents know what to expect from him. There are some significant issues at the front of his long list of duties that need attention.

    "For me, I've been focusing on our storm water management and sewer issues,'' Walker said.

    "We're finding some of our older subdivisions here in Mill Bay, septic systems are starting to go.''

    With that in mind, Walker would like to see something similar to what's being done in the Capital Regional District where there's a mandatory pump-out required within a certain period of time and charges are added to taxes.

    "A lot of our residents are on that eastern slope and everything goes to the water,'' Walker said of the importance the issue places on the environment.

    "With the heavy rain, it really becomes a concern.''

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    Port Charlotte residents must pay to switch to county sewer - October 30, 2014 by admin

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- In an effort to keep Southwest Florida's water clean, residents are being told they need to shell out $10,000 to convert their septic tanks to county sewer.

    Most of the area affected is in the Spring Lake community.

    "We believe it's going to improve the water quality in Charlotte Harbor," said engineer Bruce Bullert.

    Homes that have septic tanks will be required to hook up to the county sewer.

    The county will receive a total of $3.3 million dollars in grants from the state.

    "A lot of these homes were built a number of years ago. A lot of the on-site systems are really quite old and because of that, a lot of them have seen their life," said Bullert.

    "We had the option of the sewer or the septic so we took the sewer," said resident Richard Martin.

    Unlike Martin, many of the approximately 1,500 homeowners that live in the area northwest of the Spring Lake boatramp will have to pay to transfer from septic to county sewer.

    Many homeowners say they cannot afford the change.

    Utility officials say they are looking for ways to help reduce the cost.

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    Yorkshire Water's appeal for illegal waste information - October 30, 2014 by admin

    YORKSHIRE Water is appealing for information over the illegal discharge of waste into the public sewer network at Sinnington.

    An unknown tanker is understood to be parking near Elmsall House Farm at about 10pm and discharging what appears to be septic tank waste or grease trap waste.

    The illegal discharges are blocking the pumps at the sewage pumping station, causing the station to fail.

    Fran Winter, for Yorkshire Water, said their contractors were having to to clean the pumping station out monthly.

    We are not sure who is making these illegal discharges, but there are only a select number of companies authorised to carry out work at this pumping station and the network and they would not be there at 10pm unless the pumps blocked at night and then there would be a Yorkshire Water vehicle there too, he said.

    Anyone who sees anything suspicious should make a note of the date, time, location and vehicle and phone 07790 617817 or email

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    Bernalillo County grapples again with septic question - October 28, 2014 by admin


    As groundwater contamination problems go, the stuff leaking from septic systems isnt terribly sexy. Give me a gas stations leaking underground storage tank any day, or an old electronics plant, or Kirtland Air Force Bases sloppy aviation fuel handling. That I can get excited about.

    But waste leaking from an aging home septic system?

    That, says University of New Mexico engineering professor Bruce Thomson, is precisely the problem.

    Its groundwater contamination thats happening all around us, and were not paying any attention, said Thomson, an expert in treating human waste who delights in describing his academic specialty as turd mechanics.

    Septic systems drain away household waste into settling tanks, with the water spilling out into drain fields and the natural filtration of the soil doing the cleanup work. But when they dont work because homes are packed too closely together, or the systems are old or poorly maintained, contamination can result. The key problem is nitrates, which can render water dangerous to infants.

    Nitrate contamination from leaking septic systems is a problem statewide, and here in Bernalillo County, and its contamination thats entirely preventable, said Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

    This evening, the Bernalillo County Commission will take a fresh stab at tightening the rules to try to reduce the risk, a combination of inspections of aging systems and rules that push some septic system owners to hook up to the regions municipal sewer system if that is an option.

    As currently proposed, the ordinance would:

    The ordinance, pushed by Hart Stebbins, has been bouncing around for more than a year, delayed by opponents concerns because of the way the cost of compliance falls on homeowners.

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    Cesspool Sewer Septic Tank & Drain Cleaning Tips & DYI … - October 27, 2014 by admin

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    There are two basic components to a septic systemthe septic tank and the soil absorption cesspool area. If you don't properly service and maintain your system, solids build up in the system and flow into the leaching field, causing the system to fail. This could permanently destroy the field as well. Additionally, household cleaners like detergents, toilet cleaners, bleach, and disinfectants kill the natural bacteria in the septic tank.

    The Suffolk County Department of Health Services Office of Wastewater Management may have records of the septic system location for a single-family residence if it was constructed later than 1973. Call the office at (631) 852-5700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and give them the property tax map number and the year the house was constructed. If the lot is located on a subdivision map, the map name and lot number are also helpful in finding older records.

    SEPTIC SYSTEM BASICS: There are two basic components to a septic system

    The septic tank The cesspool (soil absorption area)

    Here is the how the septic system works:

    Waste flows from the home into the septic tank. Organic solids float to the top and inorganic solids sink to the bottom of the tank. Natural occurring bacteria in the septic tank converts the organic solids to liquid. The clear liquid in between the "solids" and "sludge" layers flows into the cesspool.

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    New Data Shows Alarming Nitrogen Levels In Long Islands Waterways - October 22, 2014 by admin


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    SHINNECOCK BAY, N.Y.(CBSNewYork) According to new data released by marine scientists on Wednesday, Long Island is in crisis mode when it comes to its waterways.

    As CBS 2s Jennifer McLogan reported, commercial fisherman Kenny Raynor, of East Quogue, has seen dramatic and worrisome changes along the coast of Long Island.

    It affects everything the fish, the wildlife, the birds. Nothing comes into the bay because theres too much nitrogen in the bay, Raynor said.

    Too much nitrogen in the water means marine life swims away or dies off. Fin fish and shellfish cannot survive without enough oxygen and toxic algae takes over, McLogan reported.

    In a startling new study by Stony Brook scientists, more than two-thirds ofthe Islandscoastal waters this summer showed poor to lethal amounts of oxygen.

    Researchers used water monitors at 30 sites;of those sites, 21 failed, McLogan reported.

    Sites with the worst oxygen levels include Westhampton Beach, Huntington Bay, Shinnecock and Flanders Bay.

    By makingcontinuous measurements 24-7 all through the summer, we caught these times and periods where the oxygen levels would go to zero and stay there for an extended period of timeabsolutely dangerous, Professor Christopher Gobler said.

    New Data Shows Alarming Nitrogen Levels In Long Islands Waterways

    Emory taking on 15-year incumbent Simpson - October 21, 2014 by admin

    By Chris Flood | Oct 21, 2014

    Milford There are two candidates running for the Senate District 18 seat. Incumbent F. Gary Simpson is a Republican from Milford. Challenger Patrick Emory is a Democrat from Lincoln.

    District 18 stretches from the Delaware Bay to the Maryland line. It begins at the northern border of Sussex County and includes Milford, Ellendale and Greenwood.

    Patrick Emory

    Age: 55

    Residence: Lincoln

    Occupation: Director of Community Services for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

    Education: Bachelors of Science from Salisbury University; Graduate of the State Police Academy

    Family: spouse, Judy; children, Hunter and Janna

    Reason for running: I have new, innovative ideas to grow our economy and return our area to prosperity; we shouldn't accept the status quo, because it hasn't worked; I believe it is time for a fresh start for our district.

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    Health Department hears cesspool concerns - October 18, 2014 by admin

    Most people testifying Thursday evening about proposed rules aimed at reducing cesspools in the state agreed that protecting water quality is important. But many objected to what they considered draconian measures to accomplish it.

    About 40 people attended a hearing in Hilo held by the state Department of Health as it considers rules that would prohibit construction of any new cesspools. It was the last of a series of hearings before the department decides whether to forward the rules to the governors office.

    Rules would also require property owners to convert cesspools to septic systems within 180 days after sale of the property and reduce from 50 to 15 the number of dwellings in a subdivision before a centralized septic system is required.

    Barbara Bell, in testimony, said she supported several parts of the rules, while she had concerns about the implementation of other parts.

    Weve been waiting a very long time for this, said Bell, a former director of the Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management.

    Bell called the prohibition against new cesspools a no-brainer, but said there should be some kind of carrot, not just a stick, such as tax breaks for homeowners converting existing cesspools to septic systems.

    But several Keaukaha residents said the countys current centralized sewer system isnt so clean either. The county was recently cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a failing outfall system that is leaking sewage into the nearshore waters east of Hilo Bay.

    John McBride, who lives in Keaukaha, said the individual cesspools in the neighborhood havent caused problems. The problems came about when the county started consolidating the sewage and sending it to his neighborhood, he said.

    I get to smell it, I get to taste it in the water, McBride said.

    State Rep. Richard Onishi, D-Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano, questioned the process of developing the rules, saying the Health Department should have involved stakeholders early in the formulation of the rules, rather than presenting them as a fait accompli.

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