§ 23-19.15-5. Inspection requirements for cesspools located in close proximity to tidal waters and public drinking supplies.
(a) Unless exempted under subsection 23-19.15-8(a), the owner of property served by a cesspool in the following areas shall cause an inspection to be performed on said cesspool by a system inspector in accordance with a schedule established by the department, but no later than January 1, 2012:
(1) Which cesspool is within two hundred feet (200') of the inland edge of a shoreline feature bordering a tidal water area [corresponding to the jurisdiction of the RI coastal resources management council];
(2) Which cesspool is within two hundred feet (200') of a public drinking water well; and
(3) Which cesspool is within two hundred feet (200') of a surface drinking water supply, specifically the impoundment from which water is drawn via the intake.
The inspection shall be conducted by a system inspector as defined herein and reported in accordance with procedures required by the department, and the results shall be recorded on forms prescribed by the department.
(b) 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 on-site sewage system in accordance with procedures required by the department in subsection (a) of this section before becoming obligated under the contract to purchase.
(P.L. 2007, ch. 136, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 233, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 475, § 61; P.L. 2015, ch. 163, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 185, § 1.)