Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-19.15
The Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007

SECTION 23-19.15-12

§ 23-19.15-12. Cesspool removal and replacement requirements at property transfer.

(a) Any cesspool found to be serving a building or use subject to sale or transfer shall be removed and replaced with an OWTS or the building served by the cesspool shall be connected to a public sewer system within twelve (12) months of the date of sale or transfer.

(b) Should the manner of wastewater disposal be unknown, an inspection shall be conducted to determine if a cesspool is present on the property. This inspection shall be done by a system inspector prior to the time of sale or transfer.

(c) Pursuant to § 5-20.8-13, every contract for the purchase and sale of real estate that is or may be served by a private cesspool shall provide that potential purchasers be permitted a ten-day (10) period, unless the parties mutually agree upon a different period of time, to conduct an inspection of the property's onsite sewage system in accordance with procedures required by the department in § 23-19.15-5(a), before becoming obligated under the contract to purchase.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2015, ch. 163, § 2; P.L. 2015, ch. 185, § 2.)