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    Default Boy dies in Septic tank

    This I am not joking about, just so you know.

    While having my car inspected this morning, the woman behind the counter told me about what happened to her neighbor kid a couple of days or so ago. Since I don't watch the news, I didn't hear it.

    Her neighbor's kid, age 4, was playing hide n seek, and the the top was off the septic tank and the boy climbed down in it. Along came the other neighbor and saw the top was off and put the top on and sat a brick on top of it.

    The boy was found dead in there, due to gases. He was found by a heat sensor plane above.

    Her son went to the school with the father of the deceased child. We stood there and cried.

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    This is very sad.

    Septic tanks should be banned and everyone put on public sewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    This is very sad.

    Septic tanks should be banned and everyone put on public sewer.
    Not 100% doable. The infrastucture justn't isn't there for 100% public sewer.

    Sad story.
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    Refuse permits to build new houses that are not on a public sewer then, and ban wells while we are at it.

    It's time for subsidies.

    We shouldn't be dumping poo in this part of the back yard and drinking water from the other part of the back yard in this day and age.

    I want my water charges to subsidize the development of water and sewer infrastructure in remote parts of the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I want my water charges to subsidize the development of water and sewer infrastructure in remote parts of the country.
    Come on down then, the latest utility expansion in Cape Coral costs the homeowners between $17-21K, which is hard to stomach for those barely making it right now. I'm sure they would appreciate the help.

    I made sure to buy a house with the utilities in and paid for.
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    I have read a few stories on this, all point to the boy was placed in the septic tank. They are suspecting homicide.

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    I don't know much about these things, but, the woman said, who was the neighbor there, said the lid was off. I don't know what the lid weighs or looks like, but she said, the lid was off and he climbed down in it to play hide n seek.

    I don't watch the news because I find it depressing. I wear my heart on my sleeve and it upsets me. I read my news on the net that way I can pick and choose.

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    Read here, it is said it is a piece of tin, which would explain why this woman said, there was a brick on top of it. Is this normal for a lid? I wouldn't think so, but this is a rural county, if it makes a difference.

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...14/detail.html
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    A functioning septic tank is full of water, so either he would not have gone into it or he would have drowned. An abandoned septic tank is supposed to have its concrete top caved in and then filled with stone or dirt so that cannot happen. Something like this is NOT the septic tank's fault, any more than a child dying in an abandoned refrigerator is Amana's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Refuse permits to build new houses that are not on a public sewer then, and ban wells while we are at it.

    It's time for subsidies.

    We shouldn't be dumping poo in this part of the back yard and drinking water from the other part of the back yard in this day and age.

    I want my water charges to subsidize the development of water and sewer infrastructure in remote parts of the country.
    OK...send me your $$$ and I will start the process.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Septic tanks should be banned and everyone put on public sewer.
    And what about the farm house on 100 acres of land out in the middle of nowhere?
    Log cabins out in the woods?
    The person who just spent $15-20k having their septic redone?
    The retired couple on a fixed income who's septic will last the rest of their life
    Taxes can't fix everything

    I guess everything that is hazardous or could possibly cause any sort of harm should be outlawed
    Time to go back to riding horses instead of cars
    Woops...horses could kill a person
    I guess we walk
    Then again there are some people that walking could kill them
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    And what about the farm house on 100 acres of land out in the middle of nowhere?
    Log cabins out in the woods?
    The person who just spent $15-20k having their septic redone?
    The retired couple on a fixed income who's septic will last the rest of their life
    Taxes can't fix everything
    I just think we need more permits and inspections and bigger Government too to deal with this.

    Existing properties could be grandfathered but all new builds should be mandated to be on public sewer and water.

    Obey the code, and don't put poop in your garden.

    Woods are for bears....not houses!

    And the last place I saw a well before coming to America was Africa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I just think we need more permits and inspections and bigger Government too to deal with this.

    Existing properties could be grandfathered but all new builds should be mandated to be on public sewer and water.

    Obey the code, and don't put poop in your garden.

    Woods are for bears....not houses!

    And the last place I saw a well before coming to America was Africa.
    Bigger gov't?? Yikes! It crept up in size nicely under the last admin. and doesn't seem to be slowing down.


    Our wells are generally much better than Africa and I would venture to guess our codes with relations to wells and septic fields are much better as well.
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    quote; I just think we need more permits and inspections and bigger Government too to deal with this.

    I guess we can tell who you voted for last November. The scariest words in the English language are, "Hi, I'm from the Government and I am here to HELP you." Maybe we could have a "Cash for Stinkers" program and give everyone with a septic tank a $10,000 trade in to connect to the sewer system, AFTER the city spends about $1,000,000 to extend the sewer to their properly, and another $5,000,000 to upgrade the treatment plant to handle the additonal load.

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