|Below ground, below zero||Dr. Convection||3/6/04 5:03 PM|
Thursday, March 4, 2004
Below ground, below zero
By BETH QUIMBY, Portland Press Herald Writer
The arctic cold that gripped the region earlier this winter left weeks ago,
She has been traveling back and forth to Sanford to do laundry. All wash
Basko is one of a number of Mainers dealing with frozen septic systems.
Septic company operators and well drillers say they have rarely seen the
John Gallant, owner of Stoney Road Septic in Shapleigh, said he has heard of
"There have been very few success stories," he said.
A frozen leach field means wastewater has no place to go. So Gallant has
"It's been a crazy winter, unlike anything I have seen in 15 years," said
No one knows exactly how deep the frost is.
Michael Cooper is the service supervisor at the Kingston, N.H.,-based Comac
Thomas Weddle, a geologist with the Maine Geological Survey, said the state
"I would not doubt that in places it is 6 feet deep," he said.
His office has been getting calls from people having problems with grit and
"This is the first time I recall getting calls about this," said Weddle. He
In Lebanon, Basko said she and her husband have been coping but she is not
That is when her daughter is due to be married and company is expected to
It was preparations for her daughter's impending wedding that probably
"You have got to keep water moving through the system," she said.
At least two school districts have been dealing with frozen septic systems.
Acton Elementary School, which freed up a frozen system late last week, is
The situation taught Acton Superintendent Brian Beeler more than he ever
He also now knows that thawing out frozen lines with steam machines does not
Beeler eventually met with Acton Selectmen and the Warrant and Finance
"Our decision was we need to dig up our distribution boxes," said Beeler.
The decision was a breakthrough. Although only one of the two pipes leading
Weddle said the thawing process has begun in southern Maine, and is normally
"It will make mud season even longer," he said.
The good news is that frigid temperatures are highly unlikely to return
Staff Writer Beth Quimby can be contacted at 324-4888 or at:
|Below ground, below zero||Vendicar Decarian||3/8/04 4:39 PM|
"Dr. Convection" <Conve...@convection.org> wrote in message
Weather is chaotic. Pushing the climate into a higher temperature regime
This is what we are observing in recent weather patterns.
Meanwhile the global average surface temperature continues to climb.