Cesspools are considered to be a substandard and inadequate means of on-site wastewater treatment and must be replaced with an on-site wastewater system which conforms to current state and local standards within 12 months after the sale of a property or within 5 years of the date of the first Maintenance (baseline) Inspection, whichever comes first.
Failed / Damaged Cesspool
If the ISDS inspection report identifies a failed cesspool or a cesspool with evidence of structural damage, overflow or standing water above the invert, then the property owner shall have 18 months from the date of Notice of Violation to design and replace the failed cesspool with a new ISDS as approved by the appropriate regulatory authority.
In addition, any cesspool that requires 2 or more pumpings within a 12 month period shall have 18 months from the date of the Notice of Violation to design and replace the cesspool with a new ISDS as approved by the appropriate state regulatory authority.
Please call the on-site Wastewater Management office at 401-789-9331, ext. 2250 if you have questions regarding cesspools.