Logan CrawfordDec 21, 2017, 2:18 pm

Suffolk county executive signs bill to ban installation of new cesspools

Environmentalists believe cesspools cause pollution, lack of water quality


LAKE RONKONKOMA — Environmentalists in Suffolk County say that over the years there’s been a decline in the water quality and aquatic life. They say that it is due to pollution, some of which comes from Suffolk County cesspools.

County Executive Steve Bellone on Thursday signed a bill that will ban the installation of new cesspools in Suffolk. It will also require businesses with old cesspools to install a wastewater system that will reduce the amount of nitrogen going into the water.

Suffolk County approved legislation in December that the wastewater industry will have to provide data about system replacement and pumping activities to the Department of Health Services beginning July 2018.

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