BOLTON — The town will hold a public hearing on a proposed septic system inspection law at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 4949 Lake Shore Drive.
Called the Bolton Septic Inspection Program, the local law would be similar to the one passed in the town of Queensbury last year, requiring septic system inspections upon transfer of property. The proposed law, however, will cover all of the town and not just lakefront properties.
The intent of the Bolton law, according to its draft, “is to protect groundwater, surface waterbodies and soils from contaminating exposure to excess nutrients and pollutants. ... Poorly maintained, aging or failing septic systems pose a threat to public health with particularly acute impacts upon the general public through contaminated drinking water and can create widespread negative environmental impacts.”
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Those that fail to comply with the law, according to the draft, could be subject to fines up to $500 for each violation.
Other municipalities around Lake George are also looking at passing similar legislation. The Hague Water Quality Awareness Committee, for example, is researching and drafting language for a septic system inspection law, which it hopes to present to the Town Board.
To view the draft law, go to boltonnewyork.com/public-notices.