We have good news: Earth Care isÂ offering a discount on septic pumping and maintenance to Truesdale Lake area residents (EarthCare was formerly Kaiser-Battistone, both are now part of Wind River Environmental) . Cost for pumping tanksÂ 1,000 gallons or smaller is $280.00 (regular cost is $320.00) with an additional environmental disposal fee and a digging fee. I have attached their Truesdale Lake letter to this article.
A well maintained population of septic tanks and systems in our watershed is vital to the ongoing health of Truesdale Lake.
Westchester County law requires septic systems be pumped at a minimumÂ every 5 years. Septic pumping companies in Westchester have been required to report their pumping activities to the county since 2011. The county now has a list of the status of all septic tanks in the county. At some pointÂ this information will be publicly available online in the Westchester County GIS system.
Starting in May 2016 if you have not pumped your septic in the last 5 years, you canÂ be fined starting at a minimum of $200 and increasing from there.
Most households need pumpingÂ done more frequently than every 5 years. Recommendations areÂ at least every 2-3 years to maintain an optimal working septic system. This is dependent on the number in the household and the size of the septic tank. Many lake area septic tanks are smaller sizeÂ and need more frequent pumping — some as much as once a year.
A septic system is not something you want failing at your house. It is very expensive ($10-20,000 and up) to rebuild a failed septic system, especially with limited acres to place a new field.
Earth CareÂ included aÂ brochure for septic systemsÂ that hasÂ helpful information on septic systems. Or you can click on the image to the right for the EPA Septic Brochure.
Contact name and numberÂ for Earth Care is Angela Warren at 800-428-6166 ext. 101.
If you have a question about septic systems and the law in Westchester County, callÂ Patty Tornello-Adams at (914) 864-7360.