MMA Innovation Award winner, From The Beacon, February 2019

State environmental regulations require that septic tank haulers be inspected and licensed by each municipality where they operate. Foxborough developed a multi-town inspection day that increases the efficiency of the inspection process for towns and allows haulers to reduce the number of inspections they’re subject to.

“This is just another example of how regionalization can serve the best interests of communities and vendors to the benefit of cities and towns,” said Foxborough Town Administrator Bill Keegan.

At its first Hauler Day in 2017, Foxborough teamed up with Mansfield and Norton. In 2018, Plainville joined, and the program plans to continue expanding next year.

Foxborough Health Director Pauline Zajdel said haulers appreciate the “one-stop shopping” for their annual inspections and licensing, while the combined effort brings additional municipal staff to the process.

Foxborough sends three inspectors to the program, held in the Foxborough Department of Public Works parking lot, while each participating town sends one of its inspectors to assist.

“It makes the process go that much faster,” Zajdel said, “and it also helps to remind [haulers that] they need to pay for their next year license, too.”

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