The New Hampshire state Senate is now busy with next capital budget, and the overtaxed septic system atop the state's most iconic mountain appears to be a pressing issue.
Capital budget writers say the toilets and waste disposal system atop Mount Washington are falling short.
Wolfeboro Republican Jeb Bradley sits on the senate's capital budget committee. He's also hiked Mt. Washington many times.
Bradley says the current septic system is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of the many people who summit Mount Washington, on foot, by car or via the Cog Railway.
"The capacity is around 4,000-5,000 visitors a day, and the number of people who go up there on a really nice day can be 7,000 or 8,000, and so it's really important that we upgrade that waste disposal system up there."
The Senate committee is aiming to finalize its capital budget plan next week. Among other things, the plan is expected to include about $3 million to tear down the former Concord Steam plant.
Another $18 million would go towards renovations to career and technical education centers in Rochester and Hudson.