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Mahopac is a small hamlet in Putnam County in southeast New York about an hour north of Manhattan. The hamlet covers about 6 ½ square miles, of which nearly 1 mile is water. In 2010 the census revealed the population of Mahopac to be 8,369. The hamlet is a segment of the larger town of Carmel, NY. NY Times describes it as “richly laced with lakes and streams and densely wooded hillsides.” Though it is small, the hamlet is consistently growing because it is slightly more affordable than surrounding towns and homebuyers are drawn to the natural beauty of the landscape. CNNMoney even rated the hamlet as one of the best places to live in the United States in 2005 and 2007.
Mahopac, along with its parent town, Carmel, was originally part of Dutchess County but prior to the American Revolution, the County was split into numerous new towns that became Putnam County. The area had first been inhabited by Wappinger and Algonquian Native American tribes. According to Mahopac Marine, During the French and Indian War, tribes traveled to Massachusetts to fight alongside the British. When they returned to Mahopac, they found that the lands had been turned into farmland by settlers.
Much of the northern part of Mahopac is water, Lake Mahopac, the lake spans 583 acres that have consistently drawn visitors and residents to the area since the mid-1800s. The lake allows gasoline-powered craft, consequently piquing interest for boaters, jet skiers, swimmers, and fishers alike. In 1843 the first hotel was constructed, sparking even more tourism to the area. With the increase in tourism came the construction of more hotels and industrialization of the small New York hamlet.
Today, Mahopac remains a popular tourist destination with its proximity to Manhattan. The city is just over an hour away via Taconic State Parkway and two train stations just outside the hamlet allow for travel back and forth as well. It has become the more developed portion of Carmel with plenty of noteworthy restaurants and stores to choose from. Bella Levine Arts Center is a popular location here with their visual art exhibitions along with performing arts. Beautiful parks are scattered about the area complete with fountains and ice-skating rinks, ball fields and courts, skate parks, picnic areas, and more. Next door in Carmel, you’ll find the Chuang Yen Monastery which is home to the largest indoor Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere. For a small rural area, it has a lot to offer!
As with most more rural towns and hamlets, many homes are single-family properties. Living in such an area will give any resident a new appreciation for the environment. There’s no doubt there is enough to keep you busy in town that you won’t have to travel far from home to find something to do and enjoy the natural setting. Environmental protection is an important part of life in this beautiful County. With Lake Mahopac and several other lakes in close vicinity, it is crucial to maintain and limit wastewater to prevent polluting these gorgeous bodies of water.
Many single-family homes have onsite wastewater systems (septic systems) which generally require emptying every 2-10 years depending on water usage. The Town of Carmel requires any property with a septic system (onsite-wastewater system) to have it inspected and pumped at a minimum of once every five years. Depending on your usage, most septic tanks require service every 2-3 years. Wind River Environmental understands the importance of septic service in Mahopac, NY, which is why we’ve become experts in the industry. We’ve made it our job to keep septic systems operating and to protect you, your family, and the environment!
Wind River Environmental is your premier grease, septic, and drain service provider, processing over 185 million gallons of wastewater each year. We’re open 24/7 and well prepared to come to the rescue for emergency service or regular maintenance. Contact us to learn more about our services in Carmel, NY, schedule service online, or visit our website and check out our blog to find out more about industry news and preventative maintenance!