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July 18: Sewage and Health

Septic SystemCommon Health is going underground this summer. Our July program will look at one of the most significant public health challenges confronting the planet, that of managing sewage. Cholera, amoebic dysentery, hepatitis, intestinal worms and other parasites and diseases often result when waste treatment fails.

We'll be talking about health threats of improperly managed sewage, including communicable diseases, contamination of water supplies and environmental degradation. We'll look at traditional systems such as septic fields, overboard discharge systems and public sewage treatment as well as innovative solutions to managing waste in challenging conditions.

We invite your calls and email with questions and comments.

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James A. Jacobsen
Project Manager
Division of Environmental Health Drinking Water Program
Subsurface Wastewater Unit
286 Water Street, Augusta, ME  04333
Phone: 207-287-5695   Fax: 207-287-3165

Michael Harris
Wastewater Superintendent City of Ellsworth
333 Water Street Ellsworth, ME 04605
Waste Water Facility



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