Thirteen homes remain unconnected to Washington sewage system

At Monday’s meeting at Town Hall, the Washington Town Council heard that just over a dozen of the 107 town properties slated to connect to the new sewer system had not yet done so. And just slightly fewer than half had moved on to the required “abandonment” of their septic systems.

Council member Gary Schwartz said the system, which went online in March, is running well, treating between 20,000 and 25,000 gallons a day for the 94 town properties that are so far connected. Treatment plant output tests have so far shown treated water quality is better than state Department of Environmental Quality standards, Mayor John Fox Sullivan added.

The council had earlier decided to send a letter to the 13 town homeowners who had not yet connected to the system. But any official reminders about septic system abandonment — in which the septic tank and lines are emptied and sealed and a certificate obtained by the plumber who does the job — will not be considered for some time. “I’m just going to keep pushing,” Schwartz said, “and contacting homeowners to remind them to pursue abandonment.”

The council also voted to spend up to $12,500 to begin to tackle a longstanding water-system leakage problem. The council voted unanimously to hire contractor Craig Jepsen of Country Water to begin assessing how to bypass at least one old cast-iron water main between Harris Hollow and Piedmont Avenue.

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