With all due respect to Jay, he’s just wrong about blaming Wal-Mart for not letting these people tie into their sewer line.
Forgetting the obvious question about why this is Wal-Mart’s problem there are other reasons Wal-mart is getting a bad crap. -er Bad rap. I just made them as bullet points.
- The HOs (home owners) have the money to spend $3000 on an engineering study, (which BTW is money wasted, more below) they have the money to put an addition on the house, but they don’t the money to move to a larger home? hmm
This is nothing more than typical Massachusetts Wal-Mart bashing. Why is it Wal-Mart bears the responsibility for these people’s actions? In another space and time where lawyers did not rule the planet perhaps life would be different.
Update: I knew I had a problem with 400 feet… see the update
From the Mass Dept of Drinking Water
Septic Systems — Septic tanks, leach fields, etc., should be removed and placed outside of the Zone I of a well. Septic systems near the Zone I should be well maintained. Pump septic tanks every two years. Never dump hazardous substances down the drains. Do not use septic system cleaners.
So what is Zone 1?
Zone I – The primary protection area around a small public water system (PWS) is known as the Zone I. The Zone I is a 100- to 400-foot protective radius around the well or wellfield which must be owned or controlled by the water supplier using conservation restrictions. The extent of the protective radius depends on the approved yield of the well.
It is doubtful a single family’s well would meet the requirements for maximum distance. Even if it did I’m sure they can get a waiver. These people don’t have a bad neighbor, they have a bad engineer/ state bureaucracy.