State leaders hear from Nags Head officials about town’s septic health initiative

State leaders hear from Nags Head officials about town’s septic health initiative

September 19th, 2022

Nags Head Town Manager Andy Garman and Town Engineer David Ryan were asked to speak to the State Water Infrastructure Authority last week to discuss our Todd D. Krafft Septic Health Initiative Program and the related decentralized wastewater management plan update.

The town’s Septic Health Initiative, a voluntary program available to Nags Head property owners, offers free services and financial assistance for system pump outs, repairs, or replacements.

“This was a great opportunity to discuss how decentralized wastewater programs can work with the right management tools,” said Town Engineer David Ryan.

“Historically, funding at the state level has prioritized more traditional infrastructure such as water, centralized wastewater collection and treatment, and stormwater infrastructure,” Ryan said. “We believe that septic system performance is as important as other more traditional infrastructure, but does not have the same funding opportunities to be able to progress or expand decentralized programs.”

Although the discussion was focused on decentralized wastewater systems, Andy and David highlighted the Town’s holistic approach with groundwater management tools that consider the intersection between groundwater, on-site wastewater, stormwater and surface water.

Visit the Todd D. Krafft Septic Health Initiative Program web site for more information or email Environmental Planner Conner Twiddy.

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