Katonah Symposium Focuses On New Septic Technologies

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- This year's Earth Day brings two organizations, The Katonah Village Improvement Society and Allied Community Enterprises, together for a Septic Solution Symposium on Wednesday.

The Septic Solution Symposium will be held at the Katonah Village Library on Wednesday.
The Septic Solution Symposium will be held at the Katonah Village Library on Wednesday. Photo Credit: File

The symposium is being held at the Katonah Village Library’s Garden Room at 7:30 p.m.

Katonah and other northern Westchester Communities are primarily in the East of Hudson Watershed, which was created to protect New York City’s water supply. As such, there are rigorous land-use regulations surrounding the watershed. The policy response to the protection of New York City’s watershed has been to build big pipe systems (sewers) and use outdated fixes to address the lack of sewers. 

The big-pipe option is very costly, and the other partial remedies are inadequate and damaging water sources. In 2015, there are new technologies that can translate the sanitary sewer districts of the past into decentralized systems for the hamlet and other hamlets for the present and future. 

To discuss the new septic technologies and the merits of a decentralized system, there will be a panel of experts in the area of septic technology. This panel includes John Kalin, president, DC Engineering; Dave Potts, environmental scientist, Geomatrix, LLC.; Diane Lewis, M.D.; Bob Eichinger, advisory consultant, Onsite Engineering, PLLC.; Chris Burdick, supervisor, Town of Bedford; and Pete Harckham, county legislator and chair of the county’s septic-subcommittee.

Don Scott of ACE will be moderator, with assistance from ACE’s Betsy Weir and Joan Arnold. The panel will discuss what is a decentralized system and how the decentralized system would help hamlet development; how a decentralized system would improve water quality; how a decentralized system would protect the wetlands; and how a decentralized system would affect future development.

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