Critics object to proposed cesspool rule changes

Critics object to proposed cesspool rule changes

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Proposed state rules requiring replacement of rural home cesspools with septic tank systems are drawing objections from real estate agents and builders.

Critics say the change could add $10,000 to the price of a new home and make selling existing homes difficult.

West Hawaii Today reports the rules are part of a proposed 115-page draft water quality plan.

Cesspools are underground containers that discharge untreated domestic waste into the ground. A Department of Health reports says that can contaminate ground water.

Septic tank systems allow solids to settle in a tank, where anaerobic organisms digest solids and allow liquids to flow into a shallow absorption bed.

Hilo real estate broker Bob Williams says the proposed change has huge implications for people trying to build lower income housing.

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