Neighbors Concerned Over Origin of Water in Drainage Swale
Published May 7th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- They're designed to manage water runoff, but residents in one Alachua County neighborhood say the water appearing in a drainage swale is not coming from rain.
Micahel Jeff of the Robinson Heights neighborhood says he started to notice what looked like algae appear in a newly reconstructed drainage swale that runs to Paynes Prarie.
He believes water in the swale may be coming from a septic tank belonging to a recently constructed Habitat for Humanity home across from his house.
While tests did show a certain amount of fecal bacteria in the swale -- health department officials say it's not enough to come from a septic tank.
"As opposed to seeing several hundred colonizing units per the measurement, we would have seen them in the thousands, or ten thousands," said Paul Myers of the Florida Department of Health.
Myers said the septic tanks belonging to the Habitat homes far exceed county codes.
County officials said Habitat followed all the proper procedures when building those homes.
But Jeff and one other neighbor contest officials could have chosen better plots of land to construct on instead of building on top of a former drainage basin.
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