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Septic System Boondoggle
By Shelley Stallings


October 18, 2011
Tuesday AM

I am in complete agreement with Mr. Fry about the waste of money and resources our current septic system policy imposes upon Ketchikan home owners. This one size fits all doesn't fit all, probably only 'fits' 10% or less of home owners. The frequency of pumping needed for any specific septic system varies widely from 1 to 2 years at the high end to possibly 15-20 years on the low end. Being a single occupant home owner who monitors carefully what is being put into my septic tank, I estimate I have easily paid thousands of dollars MORE than required to keep my system operating efficiently since this wasteful program has been in place.

I ask the borough to examine this policy and revise it to best meet the needs of individual home owners. We can't afford to continue to pay for services we don't need.

For those who agree this septic system pumping schedule is wasteful, let's get together as a group and insist our borough assembly members look into this and make wise changes to the policy. Email me and I will help bring this to the attention of the borough assembly.

Shelley Stallings
shelley [at]
Ketchikan, AK

About: "50 + years experience maintaining septic systems"

Received October 15, 2011 - Published October 18, 2011

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