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A Bootlegged Septic System Near Your Drinking Water

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

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July 10, 2020 update: Orange County filed a Complaint for Injunction against TIK LLC. Merritt Gravel Pit is owned by TIK LLC, an agent of which is Tony Merritt, operator at the gravel pit.

May 31, 2020 update: Orange County is no longer rocking it! They have, once again, dropped the ball on handling the unauthorized septic system at Merritt Gravel Pit.

March 9, 2020 update: Orange County has rocked it these past months and are now holding the Merritt Gravel Pit accountable to install a legitimate septic system. Phil Vilaro is pushing to remedy the Merritt situation. NC Leaks applauds Phil and others at Orange County Health Department who are stepping up to get this job done!

Septic Systems are pretty important, especially on property designated as a watershed because it is part of Carrboro's drinking water source. However, both Orange County Health Department and TOC planning department have known for about 10 years that Tony Merritt's septic system is, according to Phil Vilaro of Orange County, a "bootlegged system".

Do you really want storm water that ends up in University Lake (Carrboro's drinking water source) to flow over Merritt's bootlegged septic system? Gross!!

Did you have to pay Orange County for a septic permit? How much? Wouldn't you like to have that money back? Tony Merritt never had to pay a dime for his septic permit. Based on Orange County's behavior to date, he never will!

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