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Option avoids lake discharge into Keuka

If New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials give their approval to a new plan, the Switzerland Inn’s septic system will no longer discharge effluent through a pipe into Keuka Lake.

Switzerland Inn owner Josh Trombley has been consulting with his engineer, Bill Grove of Naples, and a New Hampshire-based company, Presby, on a new design for a system that will disperse treated wastewater into the ground.

Plans to replace the failed septic system at the popular east side restaurant drew a rash of complaints from neighbors and lakefront property owners who opposed the continued practice of discharging fluid into the lake via a 40 ft. pipe.

Grove says the Presby option’s construction should allow the area to also be used for parking, which he says is critical given the space constraints of the Switzerland Inn.

“We have discussed the Presby option with the DEC and they are open to the idea. We still need to design the system and submit the plans to DEC for approval. If it is approved, the lake discharge would not be necessary,” he says.

Trombley says a representative from Presby was on site for most of the day June 25.

Grove says a state permit will still be required for any discharge over 1,000 gallons per day, even if the fluid is not discharged directly into the lake.

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