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Cesspools & the law explained!


In July of this year, Governor Raimondo signed a piece of legislation into law aimed at protecting public health and the environment.

The law looks to eliminate the remaining 25,000 house cesspools in the state. It was first proposed five years ago by several lawmakers, including House Representative Teresa Tanzi.

“I think it’s a really important day. I think that there’s so many different ways that we’re going to benefit as a state. Without getting too graphic, just consider all of the raw sewage, all of the untreated sewage from your home would leave the home and enter a colander and remain untreated,” said Tanzi.  Taken from WPRI.COM from July 22nd…


Designing and Installing Septic Systems is what we do best.  Though we enjoy working on all kinds of landscape excavation projects (we’re currently installing an outdoor shower in Newport for instance)…we know septic systems and we’re good at it (if we say so ourselves)!

The new law requires homeowners to replace the cesspool with either a septic tank or hooking up to their municipality’s sewage system less than one year after they sell their home.

Representative Tanzi says replacing a cesspool with a septic tank typically costs between $12,000-$15,000. Homeowners who choose to attach to their municipality’s sewage system pay around $7,000. Two percent loans are available for those who qualify.

Officials estimate that nearly 400 homeowners a year will be removing cesspools, a plan that will help bring out jobs.

“This legislation not only protects our environment, but gets Rhode Islanders in the building trades back to work updating and modernizing our wastewater treatment systems,” said Raimondo. “By setting us on a path to remove cesspools from yards and other property across the state, we will be taking important steps towards improving the water quality of Narragansett Bay, our beaches, and our drinking water.”  Taken from WPRI.COM from July 22nd.  

Did You Know…
…that replacing a cesspool is considered a repair by DEM. DEM will agree to adjustments (within reason) that are necessary to upgrade a substandard system. There is definitely a misconception out there that the only new system allowed these days is a (the Rolls Royce) denitrification system. More often than not a more conventional system will work.

***Knowledge is power so feel free to pass this valuable information along!

Filling in a swimming pool?

Swimming Pools & Real Estate Values – a very popular discussion.

Whether you already own a home with a pool, that maybe has gone from being a staple of your family culture to an eyesore that brings you stress every time you look at the back yard, or you’re a potential buyer and you love the home but that in-ground pool is at the top of your ‘cons’ list – we thought we’d share some tips on how to get rid of it the right way!

A visual tutorial on what we think the best way to fill in a pool is:

-haul away (all) the concrete, then;

-install gravel in compacted lifts, and…

…that’s how we do it, no sinks holes.  EVER.


Grenco pool

Grenco - pool #1

Grenco pool #2


Pools can be a great source of family fun and exercise but they can also be a great source of stress.  We’ve been lucky enough to take part on both sides of the ‘pool’ debate – helping clients install and create their dream oasis whether it meant removing their greatest source of stress and creating a lush landscape or excavating and installing their dream pool area!

Happy Summer!

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