Stinky sewage puddle worries neighbors in Española

Updated: 05/09/2014 10:22 PM | Created: 05/09/2014 10:20 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Neighbors in Española say they’re living next to a stinky, stagnant, fly-invested puddle of raw sewage oozing up from the ground.

Norma Moore doesn't need to see it to know it's there.

“You drive past it with your windows open and you can smell the sewer,” she said.

Moore lives behind the Juniper Hills mobile home park.

She says overflow from the park’s septic tanks runs down the hill and pools up at the base of a frontage road, just a stone’s throw away from dozens of homes.

It's not just the smell. Neighbors say it's a health hazard because sometimes kids and pets play in the water.

“The thing of it is, when you can smell it you know it's unhealthy,” said Moore.

We tracked down the mobile home park’s manager to get some answers.  But she didn’t seem to be as concerned.

“It's not really a hazard,” said manager Johanna Kolbe. “The children don't play down there. They aren't allowed to.”

She says a new owner is taking over soon. He plans to install a substation to suck up all the extra sewage. She said that won’t happen until a loan he’s applied for to purchase the park is approved.

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