Texas Family Wants to Strengthen Safety of Septic Tanks

The family of a little girl who recently drowned when she fell into a septic tank at her home in Argyle was in Austin, Texas, recently, determined to convince state legislators to pass a law that would help keep such a tragedy from happening again.

The Galvan family is calling their proposed amendments to H.B. 229 "Ali's Law," in memory of three-year-old Alisandra Galvan, who disappeared on Feb. 17 while playing in the yard at a home the family had just moved into. The child's family, friends, and local authorities searched the area, only to find Ali had fallen through the lid of the opening of the home's septic tank and drowned.

The amendment would mandate that anyone installing or repairing a septic system be bonded and insured and would require mandatory reporting of safety violations. HB 229 originally was introduced in the Texas Legislature last fall by Rep. Jim Pitts of Waxahachie and was assigned to the Environmental Regulations Committee on the day Ali died. The Galvans are suggesting several amendments to the bill, including minimum bonding amounts and mandatory reporting of safety violations.

The Galvan family and their attorney met with legislators to discuss the bill and amendments that would:

  • Require anyone who constructs, inspects, alters, extends, services, maintains, or repairs an on-site sewage disposal system to show the state evidence of a bond or insurance of no less than $2 million.
  • Require reporting of any on-site sewage disposal system that is not in compliance with state regulations.

"This tragedy was preventable," said Jim Girards of The Girards Law Firm in Dallas, who represents the Galvan family. "If these requirements had already been law, Ali likely wouldn't have died. We are asking every legislator who is willing to listen to do everything in his or her power to keep this from happening to another family."

Download Center

  • Waste Management in 2021: Accelerate Your Success with Technology

    Join waste management experts on February 23rd for a live best practice session webinar. You’ll learn how to take your waste program to the next level with visual location, barcoding, and mobility. Register now.

  • Green Quadrant EHS Software 2021

    Reserve your copy of the new report by independent analyst firm, Verdantix, to get a detailed, fact-based comparison of the 22 most prominent EHS software vendors in the industry.

  • Your Guide to Environmental Metrics that Drive Performance

    Translating sustainability into action starts with implementing the right metrics to assess your environmental risk and performance. Learn how to design metrics that improve your decision-making process and drive enterprise performance.

  • 5 Keys to Best-in-Class Chemical Management

    Running a safe chemical program is challenging and complex: from knowing what's on-site to proper handling and disposal - all while navigating regulatory changes. Learn the best ways to mitigate chemical risk, get the most value out of your data, and gain buy-in for a chemical management solution.

  • Unpacking ESG: 6 Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask

    Environmental and Sustainability experts from Arcadis and Cority answer 6 of the most pressing questions EHS professionals have about getting started with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting.

  • Industry Safe