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« Reply #8: May 12, 2009, 10:10:15 am »

I'm really unsympathetic to their problems with this. My advice to them is to go shit in their own water source and see how they like it.

This is Sanitization 101. It's been going on for thousands of years and if that's not good enough for them, then they can contaminate their own water supply and then treat the resulting diseases.

Exactly my point.  None of this is "modern sanitation".  It's old stuff, been around for who knows how long.  They're not being asked to install something that goes against their beliefs, at all, so they need to just pony up and deal with the situation.

Twenty odd years ago this lake was so badly infected with e-coli and the like that you couldn't swim in it, and gods forbid you ate the fish.  The lake association put in place the rules regarding minimal standards for sanitation and now the lake is clean.  Well, other than the geese, but that's nothing we can do much about.  I'd love to install a composting toilet, and I know how to make one work properly, safely and in a fashion that it is sanitary, but I chose to live here and there's rules to follow- so when we build the new house, it gets a septic tank, a gray water field and that's all there is to that.  I won't be responsible for re-contaminating our lovely little lake.  I rather like being able to supplement our diet with bass and crappy out of the lake.  I don't want them to be a vector for illness of my family.  And it doesn't cost any more to install the septic system than the composting toilet (one large enough to meet our needs is not cheap- $1,500 or so).  That is the minimum standard here.

These folks have been offered a very simple, very viable standard to meet.  Dig a damned big hole, line that sucker so it doesn't leak and toss in a little lime now and then.  How damned hard is this???  I know they paint their chicken coops with slaked lime, so it isn't something they're not already using on their land. 

Okay, now I'm ranting at the wind.  You get it, I know you get it.  I'm just infuriated by people who seem to think that their wishes override their neighbor's needs.  *see also dangerous dogs not confined, unaltered dogs not confined and failure to contain one's trash so it all blows into MY yard
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