Sewage Seepage at Gainesville Home
Gainesville, FL -- A Gainesville family is dealing with a smelly situation.
Sewage has backed up into their yard and both the Alachua County Health Department and Code Enforcement have stepped in. It's so bad, Mary Williamson and her family are becoming ill.
"My children are getting sick, they're catching ring worms, they're catching impetigo from the ground," said Williamson.
Williamson said the sewage problem started in 2011 but it wasn't until recently that the Alachua County Health Department had to get involved.
"We were contacted by code enforcement that there's a sanitary nuisance and that was on june 9th i believe," said Anthony Dennis, the Environmental Health Director with the Alachua County Health Department.
The Code Enforcement Department went to Williamson's home and issued a notice of violation to her landlord, Saul Silber. The Alachua County Department of Health also issued a separate abatement notice. Both notices state if Silber doesn't fix the sewage problem before Friday, he will be fined up $1,000 a day by Code Enforcement and $500 a day from the Health Department.
But this isn't the first time Silber is attempting to fix the problem.
"A replacement brand new system was put in in March, I mean those should last 10 to 20 years, 15 years on average i would say, so anything that fails within 2 years of operation is considered a premature failure," according to Dennis.
But Williamson said about a month after the new system was put in, the sewage returned.
Dennis said the problem is due to hydrualic conditions on the property - more water is going into the system than it can handle.
Williamson moved into the home in 2010 and about a year later she started having the sewage problems. She said it's been so bad that she received letters from two of her doctors recommending that it is medically necessary that she vacate the home.
TV20 did reach out to Saul Silber Properties and a representative said they do not know why the sewage system keeps failing but they are working to fix it.
Also, Williamson does live near Hogstown Creek, but Dennis said there's no evidence that supports the Creek has been contaminated.
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