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5/13/2002

Septic Tank Requirement

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:29 am

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A rural Alabama county has a problem with residents not having any type of sewage system. Often, raw sewage runs out a pipe onto the open ground, in the woods or on a field. This can, of course, cause problems. The county is faced with jailing the residents who don’t install a proper system, despite the fact that the residents can’t afford a proper system. The county is one of the country’s poorest, and the geography makes septic systems very expensive. The story quotes one comment from a single mother of four kids with no running water, no septic, and a high power bill (which raises all kinds of questions about what choices/circumstances have put her in that position). Jailing her would solve nothing, yet the problem can’t be ignored.

This has relevance to my life because my neighbor recently sold off his land except for two acres on my property line. He’s constructed a make-shift home out of an old trailer balanced on tall stacks of cinder blocks. His water line is a buried hose running from his electric well. His electricity is supplied by an extension cord running a few hundred feet from the well to the trailer. The electric company pulled his meter (though he unsuccessfully tried to get around that problem). His waste is running right out onto the ground, and has nowhere to go but into my fish pond, and from there right into the river. The county has finally become aware of the situation, and now we’re waiting to see what happens. Prosecution with jail time is possible, though I’d hate to see that happen. We’ve made an offer to purchase his land, which would give him enough money to relocate someplace with existing facilities, but he’s not accepted the offer.

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    Schlacke, the correct spelling of Schlake, is
    (in some parts of Germany) the “scum that forms
    on sewage”.

    My neighbors have had indoor plumbing for probably
    at least 5 years now. I almost miss the old
    outhouse they had. It was always something I
    could use to remind myself that I live in the
    middle of nowhere.

    Comment by Schlake — 5/14/2002 @ 3:33 am


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    The solution to pollution is dilution! Ah…septic…a topic close to my heart. The thing that bothers me is when rich people build huge houses in the country and overload their septics rather than deal with things in the manner that their wealth should allow them to. The poor folks with septic issues is a more difficult thing to solve…good luck getting the neighbor’s sewage out of your yard.

    Comment by M — 5/14/2002 @ 9:37 am


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    FOR YOUR INFORMATION HE DOES NOT EVEN HAVE A COMCODE IN THAT TRAILER!! HE LOST EVERYTHING HE HAD IN A DIVORCE AND HIS MOTHER GAVE HIM THAT TRAILER AFTR HIS BROTHER DIED IN A CAR ACC.!!!! IT IS THE BEST HE COULD DO AND HE VERY REARLY STAYS THERE ANYWAY. I HAVE A COPY OF THIS

    Comment by Anonymous — 2/22/2006 @ 2:14 pm


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    That’s true now, but I wrote this four years ago, when he did stay there and had a “comcode” that spilled out onto the ground. I’ve got nothing against the fellow, just so you know.

    Comment by eric — 2/22/2006 @ 2:45 pm

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