State trade group helps a family in need

Thanks to members of the Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association, a cancer victim will have one less crisis to worry about … his failing septic system.

A story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times this week explained how local onsite installers and others in the industry joined forces to replace the septic system of a 41-year-old man who had been diagnosed with three types of cancers over the years and faced $30,000 in medical bills. While Dan Dooley was fighting for his life, he and his family were also living with a septic system that no longer worked properly.

In stepped a dozen companies in the onsite industry to help out. E.D. Hughes Excavating donated the labor and equipment to install the new system. Willamette Graystone donated a new septic tank and Orenco Systems donated a pump. Kings Pumping Service emptied the old tank. A local wastewater engineer, Brian Rabe, and Cascade Earth Sciences designed the system. Another company, H.D Fowler, donated some of the drainfield pipe needed, while Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Lone Pine Corner Septics, Zollinger Excavating and Oregon Underground donated funds to cover the rest. A & B Septic Service donated cash to cover a permit fee.

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Congratulations OOWA members for your good deed! You’ve done the industry proud.

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