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Septic systems & site evaluators

These septic system notes were prepared by Bill Hersey, a site evaluator (now retired) who has spoken at previous meetings of NLWP.   He describes how to prevent problems and prolong the life of your septic system.

This information on septic system design from Green Environmental Engineering in Wayne, Maine may be useful.

If you suspect that septic discharges from your property may be directly or indirectly entering the lake, help is available.

Step 1:  Contact a licensed site evaluator to visit.  That person will discuss your options and provide general advice.  This usually costs around $100 and Nickerson Lake Conservation Fund will pay the entire cost.

Step 2:  Hire a licensed site evaluator to design a septic system for your property.  This design can be used for permitting and obtaining a construction cost quote from an earthwork contractor.  This can cost $400 to $1,000.  Nickerson Lake Conservation Fund will pay the entire cost once construction of the septic system has begun.

Step 3:  Have a new septic system installed.  Costs vary depending on your property and the amount of use.  If you have financial need, please contact NLCF.  The fund does not have an established aid program but will, on a case by case basis, consider helping financially if the result is a cleaner lake.