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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the This-sounds-like-a-job-for-Florida-Man dept.

Xerxes writes:

"A Florida woman who has been living off the grid has had her home declared 'Unsanitary' and has until March to connect her off-the-grid home to the city water system, or face eviction."

[ED Note: Ordinances such as this are not uncommon. My own father once had a property condemned on this basis while he was in the midst of a billing dispute with a utility.]

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by frojack on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:47AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 27 2014, @12:47AM (#7680) Journal

    He points out that the requirement to be on city utilities is not unusual,
    which calls into question why they bothered to post this story at all.

    There are lots of reasons for such ordinances, and ground water contamination is something that local government has an interest in avoiding, or protecting citizens from.

    This person used rain water collection.
    She had electricity from solar panels.

    Specifically NOT MENTIONED is what she is doing with her sewage. And that can be a problem for
    neighbors.

    Never the less, the story indicates the city will certify the home if she can prove
    it has enough water and power (and presumably sewer) to be sanitary.

    So again, NON ISSUE. Why is this story here?

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by pjbgravely on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:03AM

    by pjbgravely (1681) <{pjbgravely} {at} {yahoo.com}> on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:03AM (#7690) Homepage
    From the first article "...in court, city officials argued that Speronis used city-owned drains for waste disposal but didn't pay for the service. The city capped her sewer in response, which stopped Speronis from using the city's wastewater management system."
    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:36AM

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:36AM (#7703) Journal

      Ah, well in many places, including where I live, your sewer bill is tied to your water bill, the rationale being that most of the water you use ends up going down the drain.

      So that leaves me wondering where her sewage is going now.

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      • (Score: 4, Funny) by Angry Jesus on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:52AM

        by Angry Jesus (182) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:52AM (#7709)

        In fact, from the link it says, Speronis replied that she will "dispose of waste as dog owners dispose of their pet's waste."

        So, not looking too good there.

        • (Score: 5, Funny) by snick on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:59AM

          by snick (1408) on Thursday February 27 2014, @01:59AM (#7714)

          Ah ... rugged individualists!

          Nothing says self sufficiency like throwing your shit in the neighbor's trash can.

          • (Score: 1) by cwix on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:04AM

            by cwix (873) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:04AM (#7735)

            Awesome, that made me chuckle, and after a shitty day (pun intended) I needed it. Now off to find my neighbors trash can.

          • (Score: 3, Funny) by davester666 on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:44AM

            by davester666 (155) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:44AM (#7750)

            That's what trebuchets are for!

            Just getting it into the neighbors yard isn't good enough, because, hey, your next door with a dog, but 10 houses down the street...

        • (Score: 2, Funny) by EvilJim on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:06AM

          by EvilJim (2501) on Thursday February 27 2014, @03:06AM (#7736) Journal

          how is that? by leaving it on someone else's front lawn?