Governor signs bill phasing out the state’s 25,000 cesspools

By News Staff

The Associated Press

Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill phasing out cesspools, praising it as a way to help the state's environment and economy.

Raimondo signed it Wednesday at the Providence center for Save The Bay, which works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

The Democratic governor says the law will put people to work replacing outdated cesspools and protect the environment and public health.

There are an estimated 25,000 cesspools statewide, all built before 1968.

When a house with a cesspool is sold or transferred beginning in 2016, the cesspool must be replaced with a septic system or the house must be connected to public sewers within a year.

It's estimated 400 to 500 cesspools will be eliminated annually.

Some lawmakers opposed it, concerned it would financially burden homeowners.  

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