Municipal Responsibility Agreement

As a municipal official, one might think that the disposal of septic tank waste is the responsibility of the owner or the free market. But the truth is that New Hampshire state law transfers municipal responsibility for eliminating the septages to the city or city. RSA 485-A:5-b requires municipalities to have access to the removal of the septages or to ensure access to the elimination of the septages. If a municipality does not have an establishment, access is guaranteed by written agreements with another organization or commune. Most cities respect this status; to check the status of your community, visit des.nh.gov/wwe/DisposalMap/SEPTWeb.pdf. Read this fact sheet outlining how subdivisions are maintained. Proper maintenance of on-site sewage treatment plants is important to protect New Hampshire`s water resources. The owner of the land is responsible for the maintenance of certain treatment plants. However, many residents do not know what it takes to properly maintain these systems. Septic tanks should be inspected annually and pumped every two to three years.

Unfortunately, many septic owners are educated by the costly process of managing a failed septic system that returns to their basement. The failure of septic systems poses a threat to public health and the environment. The main cause of failed sewage treatment plants is the failure of the tank`s pumping. The Planning and Development Act 2007 does not provide for a developer to be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the services built. A maintenance contract should have construction delays for the municipality to begin maintaining services and the maintenance contract to be terminated. This is a fact sheet describing when an interest in a maintenance agreement should be registered. A maintenance contract may provide services and facilities that, directly or indirectly, are used for subdivision. It ensures that: it can also provide for the payment of service or off-site charges necessary for facilities such as water tanks, wastewater and arteries, which may be within or outside the subdivided zone. A contract may include performance guarantees, construction specifications, deadlines and items such as liability insurance and termination clauses. Only selected private dwellings in the Horseshoe Valley are served by communal tilers.

Many (but not all) homes connected to these systems are equipped with a sewage treatment pond (i.e. a reservoir) that offers the first step in wastewater treatment.

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