What’s the reason for this Ordinance?

The Ordinance was designed specifically to protect public health and the environment. In particular, the vital groundwater aquifers that provide us with our drinking water, Narragansett Bay and its many coves and harbors, as well as the numerous surface water bodies, lakes, and ponds that dot the landscape in town. Additionally, the ordinance is protective of the large financial investment represented in a properly functioning septic system. North Kingstown was divided into risk-based districts in order to make the process more manageable. You can learn more about these districts on the NK Water Department page within the Town website.

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1. When did the North Kingstown Wastewater Management Ordinance go into effect?
2. What’s the reason for this Ordinance?
3. Why haven't I gotten these reminder postcards in years past?
4. What do I have to do to meet compliance with the Ordinance?
5. How long do I have to get the inspection and pumping complete?
6. How often do I need to get the inspection and / or pump-out done?
7. What do inspectors do during an inspection?
8. Why do I have to use "Town approved Inspectors"?
9. Why do I have to send you the pump-out receipt? Can't the company that did the work provide you with the receipt?
10. What will happen if I refuse or can't afford to do this now?
11. The ground is frozen and the tank / cesspool is inaccessible. Can I wait to have the inspection or pump-out done?
12. This is only a summer house; do I still have to comply?
13. I live here by myself; do I still have to comply?
14. How much will the inspection and / or pumpout cost me?
15. How much will the inspection and / or pump-out cost me?