What are the specific threats to human health and harm from systems currently in use?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a safe sanitation system is designed to avoid and prevent human contact with human waste.

From the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Contamination of a private well can impact not only the household served by the well, but also nearby households using the same aquifer.”

“Wastewater management and adequate sewer systems play important roles in sanitation and disease prevention. Wastewater can contaminate the local environment and drinking water supply, thereby increasing the risk of disease transmission.”

Improperly used or operated septic systems can be a significant source of ground water contamination that can lead to waterborne disease outbreaks and other adverse health effects.

The presence of contaminants in water can lead to health issues including gastrointestinal illness resulting from campylobacter, cryptosporidium, E. coli, giardia, hepatitis A, norovirus, salmonella and shigella.  Cardiac and respiratory problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, myocarditis and pericarditis can also occur. Other symptoms that can occur are weight loss, joint pain and other allergic conditions.

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1. Are you really trying to demolish these property owner’s homes?
2. Why are you persecuting your citizens for their religious beliefs?
3. Why are you requiring them to violate their beliefs by installing modern plumbing and electricity in their homes?
4. What are the “safe options” for outhouses?
5. Is the main issue the lack of a cement vault underneath the outhouse?
6. What are the specific threats to human health and harm from systems currently in use?
7. What is the difference between what these property owner’s are doing and the bio-solids that are sprayed on Lenawee County farms? They both contain human waste that then enters our water cycle.
8. This is their personal property and they have the right to do on it what they want. They aren’t harming anyone. Why should any government entity tell you what to do on your personal property?
9. There are Amish communities all over this state and country not being forced to give up their ways and modernize against their religious tenants. Why in Lenawee County?
10. My neighbor/friend/someone I know has a camper set up in a yard. How is that different than these property owners?