All Rome property owners:


It's been 3 years since we first heard of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) proposed next door in Saratoga.  Efforts by a strong group of Saratoga citizens and some of you have successfully kept it from moving forward.  But, it appears the day of reckoning approaches.  Sources within the DNR indicate the Environmental Impact Report from the organization seeking to build the CAFO is near completion.  The DNR's review has been ongoing and their Environmental Impact Statement is expected early in 2016, possibly February.  Then begins the public review process and public hearing - that time when all your efforts are needed to push back on this proposed CAFO.  This can be done by you attending hearings in person or you can make your feelings known through other means.


Tri-Lakes Management and the Rome Town Board are co-sponsoring an informational meeting for Rome property owners on January 16 at 1 pm at the Rome Town Hall.  Note that this meeting is being held on a Saturday to enable attendance for those of you who don't live here full time.  There will be approximately an hour and a half of presentations from a Dr. of water science, a DNR area director, our state assemblyman, town board member, Tri-Lakes and involved citizens.  Questions are encouraged.  As the DNR permitting process moves forward, this may be your last chance to make a difference in your town's future.


Come and learn why this issue is so important to the maintenance of Rome's air quality, water purity and water levels in our wells and lakes and our property values.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this Informational Meeting on Sat, Jan 16 at 1 pm at the Rome Town Hall.  Please share this with your fellow property owners.








WHY?  Failing septic systems can add pollutants to lakes increasing weed and algae growth.  Additionally, nutrients, bacteria, viruses and hazardous chemicals can be added to the groundwater.


WHO IS AFFECTED?  Properties with septic systems installed prior to July 1, 1992.  Newer systems are monitored by Adams County.


WHAT IS REQUIRED?  Septic systems need to be inspected and/or pumped at least once every three years.  More frequent pumpings are encouraged especially if you are a full-time resident and have a garbage disposal.


HOW DOES THE TRI-LAKES PROGRAM WORK?  On March 1st of each year, a letter is sent to each property owner who is required to have his system inspected for that year.  A postcard is included which is completed by the septic service and returned to Tri-Lakes verifying that the system has been inspected and has passed or failed.


WHO DO I CONTACT?  If you don’t already have a septic service, look in the yellow pages under ‘Septic Tank—Cleaning and Repairing’.


WHEN DOES IT NEED TO BE DONE?  Inspections need to be completed by October 31st.


IS THERE A PENALTY IF I DON’T COMPLY?  Yes, a citation with a fine of $200.50 will be issued.  Additional citations will be issued until the septic inspection is performed.


WHAT IF I PLAN TO HAVE MY SYSTEM PUMPED & I DIDN’T RECEIVE A LETTER?  Go ahead and have it pumped.  When you do receive your letter, just have the septic service sign and verify the date of inspection.  There is a window of acceptable dates to meet the requirement.  For example, in 2014, acceptable dates run from February 1, 2012 to October 31, 2014.


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?  Contact Barb at the Tri-Lakes office  715-325-3250715-325-3250


Septic System Dos and Don'ts


  • Use water efficiently to avoid overloading the septic system.  Be sure to repair leaky faucets or toilets.
  • Use bathroom cleaners and laundry detergents in moderation.  A mild detergent or baking soda is preferable.
  • Plant only grass over and near your septic system.  Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the drainfield.


  • Your septic system is not a trash can.  Don’t put dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, latex paint, pesticides or other hazardous chemicals into your system.
  • Don’t use caustic drain openers for a clogged drain.  Instead, use boiling water or a drain snake to open clogs.
  • Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system.  Doing so can compact the soil in your drainfield or damage the pipes, tank or other septic system components.



Download Links Below:


Info Poster (the above info)


Home Owner Septic System Checklist


Septic Services In The Area


Septic System Do's and Don'ts









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