Even the most ancient of ancient civilizations going back to the Mesopotamians and Babylonians understood that when large groups of people live together there needs to be an infrastructure in place to channel and control the flow of human waste. The Greeks, the Romans even going way way back to the pre-celtic tribal communities of the Orkney Islands, all aspired to channel sewage away from living areas and supplies of drinking water. See historical timeline of sewer development. http://www.sewerhistory.org/chronos/roots.htm
Though 5,000 years ago it may have seemed like a no-brainer to build sewer systems and to protect wells from hazardous raw sewage, the attitudes in 2007 Central Bridge are, shall we say, slightly different.
The small hamlet consists of a lower-lying downtown area surrounded by hillsides that are fairly heavily populated. These homes contain very old septic systems, some of which are in danger of seeping into and contaminating groundwater supplies.
Despite the dangers involved in contamination of groundwater by leaking septic systems, the creation of a sewer district and the construction of a modern sewage system to replace the old septic tanks has been an elusive proposition for Central Bridge. Critics have complained that the process has left with too few options and that the creation of a sewer system may be far too expensive of a solution to a problem that is small by comparison.
Despite the potential for high construction costs, it may be best in the long run for Central Bridge residents and surrounding communities to make the investment in a municipal sewer system. In the short-run, the benefit is that it would help to solve any groundwater contamination problems currently posed by failing septic systems. In the long run current and future residents may save time and money by not having to maintain existing septic systems or building new ones. Residents would be pooling their resources to deal with a collective problem rather than leaving it to private individuals to have to deal with.
My personal take on it, is that I'd rather just plug into a municipal sewer system than worry about getting approvals for septic tanks and drainage fields and everything else. It's fine to complain that the costs may be too high, but then again, the costs of repairing damaged septic systems can be quite high as well.