Other municipalities are looking at laws similar to what Queensbury passed last year, requiring inspections of septic systems upon property transfers.
I'm a little late to writing this blog, but I'm sure it will be up for discussion again. We're already seeing positive upgrades as a result of the Queensbury law.
QUEENSBURY — The first three septic systems have been inspected under the new town law to keep water bodies safe, and all three failed.
When I moved here, I was surprised that such laws didn't exist. That's because I worked in Cayuga County, where the sanitary code requires all septic systems to be inspected periodically and at the time of a property transfer.
The county even runs training sessions to certify inspectors.
Homes that are close to Owasco Lake, a drinking water source, are inspected more often than a home outside the watershed.
It has been a very successful program, helping protect water quality in the Finger Lakes.
Perhaps other municipalities, especially around Lake George and other drinking water sources, can take a look and see whether something similar would be a good fit.
To learn more about what Cayuga County is doing, go to cayugacounty.us/677/Septic-System-Installation-Inspection.