MARCO ISLAND — 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.