Coaticook cleans up its act
The Coaticook MRC is now responsible for the systematic emptying of septic tanks for all the municipalities in its territory, except Dixville. The towns are hoping to save money and to have a better follow-up with this new agreement.
Regular emptying of septic tanks prevents seepage onto the drainage field which can cause damage in homes and in the environment. According to the province’s new rules, septic tanks used all year long must be emptied every two years while seasonal homes must have their tanks emptied every four years.
All homes, businesses, industries and institutions that are not hooked up to a sewer system must follow this program. Citizens will receive information about the program and a questionnaire in the next few weeks. This will help in the planning of the operation.
The emptying of tanks will begin this year between the end of May and the beginning of October on one half of the Coaticook MRC’s territory: Coaticook, St-Malo, Sainte Edwidge and Waterville. The other municipalities will wait until 2017, except Compton which will be served the following year. Citizens will be notified at least two weeks before the date of their septic tank cleaning, giving them ample time to clean debris form the covers.
The MRC has opted for the ‘selective’ emptying technique: the liquids and solids are emptied separately. The liquid part is filtered to 98% in the truck and then returned to the septic tank immediately, reducing the amount of waste to transport to treatment. This technique also conserves bacteria in the septic tank to help it work efficiently.
This is the state of the art type of vehicule that will be used to flush the septic tanks.
Explaining the new system of mandatory septic tank inspection was the Director General of the Coaticook MRC, Dominick Faucher,
flanked by Monique Clément while Prefect Jacques Madore and Coaticook mayor Bertrand Lamoureux listen in.