Coat­i­cook cleans up its act

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Coat­i­cook

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.

Pho­tos Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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