LAKE PLACID - It's an annual job that probably won't be seen on prime time on the television show Dirty Jobs, but it's a job that takes place each year in Lake Placid.
The Shore Owners' Association of Lake Placid, in cooperation with Harlow Excavating and Construction and TDI Septic, completed septic tank pump outs of 11-boat-access only camps on Lake Placid on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
According to Tommy Dupree of TDI, 10,500 gallons of waste were pumped and transported to land on the Harlow barge for disposal in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake waste water disposal plants. The company's pump truck holds 3,500 gallons, and it was filled to the top three times in the 12-hour workday.
A barge carries a tank truck with sewage across Lake Placid on Aug. 14.
This team was joined by SOA organizers and volunteers Lendy Barnard, Ned Scudder and Sue Riggins. Jason Ratelle assisted Dupree and hauled hundreds of feet of hose from the water's edge to the camps' septic tanks. Ken Silvers maneuvered the barge to the closest possible landing spots, with assistance from another Harlow employee, Kara Bushey.
"This is an important program for the Shore Owners' Association. The SOA pays for the barge to help camp owners in a key aspect of maintaining their septic systems with periodic pump outs," Riggins said in a press release. Each homeowner paid TDI for the gallons of waste removed from the septic tank, the front end of the septic system.
"Effective, well-maintained septic systems on the shores of Placid are critical to protecting the lake and its water quality," Riggins added.
The waters of Lake Placid are the source of drinking water for the village and town. Many homes on Lake Placid draw their water directly out of the lake.