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Action taken on Mobil station's sewage leaks

LAKEGEORGE-The gas station with a failing septic system that's been leaking sewage onto an adjacent property and angering the landowner, will have to undertake upgrades to continue operating, according to state and town officials.

State Health Department Engineer Mike Shaw, along with Lake George Town Supervisor Frank McCoy, acting as a member of the town Consolidated Board of Health, and Lake George Code Enforcement officer Rob Hickey, inspected the Exit 23 Mobil station/Dunkin' Donuts store June 17. They found the septic system to be backed up, with a distribution box for the septic system full of stagnant sewage. The gas station is located just south of Warrensburg.

McCoy said the town board of health would be requiring the Mobil station owners to enact temporary remedies suggested last week by Mobil's engineer, Thomas Andress. These upgrades include installing new low-volume flush toilets, a waterless urinal, low-flow faucets with automatic shutoff, and erecting up signs that urge people using the rest rooms to follow water-conservation procedures.

Already, the Mobil station owners have been told by the state Health Department to inspect the septic system daily, and pump out any excess effluent if necessary. McCoy said Monday, June 20 that 1,500 gallons had been pumped out of Mobil's septic system on Jan. 17, followed by 500 more gallons the next day.

Also, the station's nearby drinking-water well must be tested every two weeks by authorities. So far, the well has tested negative for the presence of coliform bacteria, although the well is located within 120 feet of the septic outflows - too close to meet state safety standards.

McCoy said such mandated tests and upgrades were temporary, while the town board establishes a permanent solution, likely the construction of a municipal sewer collection system to handle the businesses along Rte. 9 near Northway Exit 23.

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