To White Knight or not White Knight...that is the Question?

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To White Knight or not White Knight...that is the Question?  The White Knight SepticNarragansett Bay coastal area preservation system is an alternative to an OWTS (onsite wastewater treatment system), formerly known as an ISDS, and has been in effect in the state of RI and approved by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) for the past two years.   It is a remediation system that inoculates the septic system with aerobic bacteria that will 'eat' the biomat and keep the septic flowing and healthy (this is a short and sweet version of what it does).  Thereby not needing an OWTS replacement being installed.  This is huge change and for homeowners in RI and other states. It is also a consideration when you are looking for homes for sale in North Kingstown and all of South County RI.

South Kingstown RI waterfrontIn what is considered the 'critical resource' areas (CRA) of RI, from Westerly to North Kingstown RI, the homes in these areas must have alternative septic systems done for failed systems or cesspools.  Now the critical resource areas go far beyond the 200 feet from the waterfront and it has a lot to do with a water flow to the coast and preserving what does Not go into our coastal waters. The time frames for this deadline for approximately 3000 homeowners is 2013.  However, since the sand filtration has been the best alternative OWTS up to this point for these coastal homeowners this White Knight septic preservation system cost comes into play here as a very attractive septic fix alternative.  Cost approximately $5200-$6300 for the installation of the White Knight system which is a cheaper alternative to the $30,000 sand filtration system.

RI cesspools within 200 feet of a water area have to be replaced, as well as they should be, since they are just a hole in the ground filled with rocks which the sewage goes into.  Some of the coastal and waterfront homes have no land, other then what the home stands on, to put a new OWTS system in.  I am very curious as to how the RI DEM will deal with this one.  Since I live along the Narragansett Bay coastal area, I see neighbors that have very little square
feet of usable land - so what do they do?

Homeowners ask me when the septic system fails the inspection test ...What should I do?...should I put a White Knight septic preservation system in with little disruption to my land or do i do a new leach field, cut down trees, etc.?  I do not have a solid answer and I have done considerable research on it.  Comparative speaking the cost difference is not much.  I have asked some of the best minds in RI and still get varying answers.  I do not give advice in an area I am no expert in, and this is one of them, but I do like to give some direction for information that will be helpful to homeowners.

So if you have knowledge in this septic preservation and OWTS area, I would love to hear your take on it since many other states have been using the White Knight system for years.  To White Knight or not White Knight... that is the Question?

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Ginny Lacey Gorman lives in North Kingstown RI and knows the geographic areaschools, happenings, important tidbits of information and businesses well.  If you are looking for someone to guide you through the home buying or selling process and knows a thing or two about OWTS, she is a licensed Realtor® and would be happy to assist you.  Waterfront, oceanfront, luxury and coastal RI homes for sale are her specialty.  Feel free to search for  RI homes for sale it is no hassle.  When you are in need of an internet savvy North Kingstown RI Realtor® who SELLS RI houses in this real estate market, call Ginny at 401.529.7849.

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ginny, Quite the situation to deal with, and your point on limited land space is well noted.  Is there any grandfathering at all?

Apr 18, 2011 11:23 PM #1
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

BLiz, i thought this would be an intimidating post for most but at least you are grandfathering here where the coastal waters are concerned.  Not sure how they will enforce it yet...i'm told they can do ingenious things in tiny spaces but for $30k!

Apr 18, 2011 11:47 PM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

It's smart that your area has a workable plan to mediate/fix this but it's tough on homeowners who don't have a choice.  You ought to see about getting this published in your local newspaper Ginny...very detailed and specific for those affected in your area.

Apr 19, 2011 12:50 AM #3
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

I, for some reason, did not think RI had septic and I'm not quite sure why. We have septic systems all over the place here in Jacksonville, FL.

Apr 19, 2011 12:53 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Ginny.....this sounds like a no brainer....the waste water treatment system sounds like the path of least resistance if you're on the water or if you're on a very small lot with no room to install a new system to current regulations......I know that waste water treatment plants are installed in condo complexes with many units.....the waste water is pure after it's processed... it's probably the same scenario on a larger scale....the water is suppose to be drinkable!!!  yuk.

Apr 19, 2011 01:01 AM #5
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Anita, thanx...i do think this needs to be brought forward more in the community...i'm on 3 places on the front page now of the white knight system on google so that's good...will chat w/newspaper

Carol, honestly some do have connected sewers- North Kingstown just never did them...a big error & now it's so costly to do...

Barbara, i tend to agree and am waiting on the current costs on the leach field remediation for a client...yes, isn't that amazing about the drinkability!

Apr 19, 2011 01:38 AM #6
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Ginny, who say's being an agent is easy? They are experts and knowing in all things as you are too.

Apr 19, 2011 03:33 AM #7
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ginny, this does sound like a workable "fix", and I too think you should have this published in your local paper!    

Apr 19, 2011 04:12 AM #8
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Ellen, i love increasing the skill set on this one but i didn't get any inspectors to comment so this is disappointing!

Joan, it really is one that is promoted...i am not sure i want my name associated with it...let them call an engineering dude..

Apr 19, 2011 11:27 AM #9
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Ginny, we don't have too many septic systems around here!  I sold a house with one out in Loudoun County and had to call Lenn to find out what to do!

Apr 19, 2011 03:57 PM #10
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Pat, that's what you have in New England and it is something we need to be familiar with...very funny!

Apr 19, 2011 11:56 PM #11
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