Island septic tank overflows into roadway

Lonnie Gibson of Southern Sanitation sucks up the raw sewage that overflowed from a faulty septic tank at 1330 Forrest Court Monday afternoon.

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Lonnie Gibson of Southern Sanitation sucks up the raw sewage that overflowed from a faulty septic tank at 1330 Forrest Court Monday afternoon.

Lonnie Gibson of Southern Sanitation sucks up the raw sewage that overflowed from a faulty septic tank at 1330 Forrest Court Monday afternoon.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff // Buy this photo

Lonnie Gibson of Southern Sanitation sucks up the raw sewage that overflowed from a faulty septic tank at 1330 Forrest Court Monday afternoon.

A septic tank overflows from an Island home onto the sidewalk and into the roadway along Forrest Court Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff // Buy this photo

A septic tank overflows from an Island home onto the sidewalk and into the roadway along Forrest Court Tuesday afternoon.

— A faulty septic tank led to a messy situation along a Marco Island roadway Tuesday afternoon.

The septic tank overflowed causing raw sewage to spill over into the front lawn of an Island home on Forrest Court at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. The unpleasant-smelling waste streamed along the sidewalk, down the end of the driveway and into the roadway, which is located in the Mackle Park area off South Heathwood Drive.

Southern Sanitation workers arrived on-scene at about 3:15 p.m. with a vacuum truck and cleaned up the mess.

Erin Kurbec, a supervisor of the septic program with the Collier County Health Department said that "people need to stay out of it," but there was not likely a health and safety risk or a reason for the public to be concerned.

The Collier County Health Department sent an inspector to the home, who will ensure the faulty tank is properly remedied, said Harper Simpson, a spokesman for the Health Department.

"All of Marco Island's septic tanks are located in the front of the property, so it wouldn't leak into the waterway," Kurbec said.

The home is one of the remaining areas of Marco not yet in the process of being put on central sewer in the Island-wide septic tank replacement program, STRP, which began a couple years ago.

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NobodysFool57 writes:

Free chem-lawn treatment! Watch how this yard "greens up" after the next rain. Just put out those little "keep off the grass" signs in the meantime.

karenglaub writes:

Forrest Court is not anywhere near Mackle Park or Heathwood, so where did this in fact happen?
Who knows?

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