Septic Problems May Cause Eviction for Valley Couple

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

Eunice Lyles and her husband are being taken to court because their septic system is not up to state code.

They've been asked to fix the system several times since they first went to court last July.

Each time they've complied, even calling a health official in Richmond to make sure they were following the proper procedures.

Kelly Vanover with the Lord Fairfax Health District says he can't talk about the Lyles' case, but he issued a statement saying, "Our main objective in all these cases is to ensure that all property owners have a safe and properly functioning sewage disposal system."

He says taking anyone to court over a septic issue is a last resort, and it won't necessarily lead to eviction.

Vanover says in most cases, the judge will try to work with the people involved to make sure the septic system is simply brought up to code. Meantime, Lyles says she'll take her case to the Virginia Supreme Court if necessary.


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