A bill attempting to phase out cesspools takes a major step forward this week. The Rhode Island Senate approved the bill.
The bill would require homeowners selling their properties to replace their cesspools with any system that handles and treats human waste, like a septic system. That’s a hole in the ground that receives untreated human waste from a building. It can contaminate groundwater and local waterways.
Meg Kerr, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action, said the bill has come before the General Assembly for a number of years now.