As [sea-level rise] causes a rise in groundwater levels, it will saturate onsite septic systems, increase failure rates, and exacerbate groundwater pollution problems. Residents are investing significant dollars to elevate and flood proof homes with the expectation that these areas will be livable; however, if groundwater levels become too high the use of onsite septic systems may become impossible. The future of [sea-level rise] in these areas needs to be investigated more thoroughly.
Avoiding Septic Shock: How Climate Change Can Cause Septic System Failure and Whether New England States are Prepared,
Ocean & Coastal L.J.
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