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News stories tagged with "septic"

Walmart septic failed; local leaders in the dark

The Potsdam Courier-Observer broke news yesterday that the septic system of the Walmart Supercenter in Potsdam failed more than three months ago. Since then, Walmart has been trucking thousands of gallons of its sewage almost every day to the wastewater treatment system in Canton.

The retail giant has been in contact with state environmental officials. But local leaders were left in the dark. Now the village of Canton says it will stop accepting the sewage today. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Building a Better Septic System

In many places around the Great Lakes, people depend on on-site septic systems to handle their household wastewater. The number is growing as people move to rural areas and retire to lake cabins. Health officials say too many systems aren't working properly, and are polluting wells, lakes and rivers. Now, people are beginning to experiment with new kinds of septic systems that might work better than the traditional trench system. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports.  Go to full article

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