Coia survivor in shrinking industry

WASTE NOT: Bob Coia, owner of Coia Sanitation in Cumberland, once competed with several businesses in northern Rhode Island that did the same work. Today, there is only one other competitor in Cumberland. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
WASTE NOT: Bob Coia, owner of Coia Sanitation in Cumberland, once competed with several businesses in northern Rhode Island that did the same work. Today, there is only one other competitor in Cumberland. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
When Bobby Coia began his septic tank and cesspool-cleaning business back in 1978, there were approximately eight businesses in northern Rhode Island that did the same kind of work, including at least five in Cumberland alone. Sewers back then were scarce, especially in residential areas. “There was a need for it [his business] back then…
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