Kurt Wortman lives in a small Irvington neighborhood where homeowners are required to have septic tanks. Kurt says, “You would have to know you are not supposed to dump human waste into a tributary.”
Douglas County Sheriff deputies raided a house in the neighborhood looking for stolen items. They found a stolen riding mower and something else.
They found a pump hooked into a broken septic tank with a line leading to nearby Thomas Creek. Chief City inspector Kevin Denker says, “Everything going out the drain from this house is going into the septic tank then pumped into the creek .”
The city has ordered the homeowner to fix the septic tank and inspectors declared the house a danger and ordered nobody to live in it.
A woman who said she’s the property owner said, “No, it's not going into the creek. Now get off my property.” County health department reports on the pollution have been sent to the city prosecutor for possible charges.
Deputies arrested one man on at the house for receiving stolen property.
The septic tank pollution in Thomas creek has also stopped. Neighbor Kurt wortman says, “It’s about time and nice to see something being done.”