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Septic/sewage troubles also found in Augusta

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Septic and sewage troubles have also been found at an apartment complex in Augusta. The city declares the apartment complex unfit for people to live there.

It's going on at the Country Village Motel and Apartments on Riverside, where 26 people were living. City code enforcement officers found out the septic system there had failed.

The officers say the sewage leaking onto the ground posed a significant health risk. So the city gave the owner ten days to fix the problem and other safety violations.

Owner Olin Charette says he tried fixing the leaky septic system, but could not. So when the ten days were up, the few residents who hadn't already moved out, were told to leave and not come back until the septic problem is fixed.

Code Enforcement Officer Rob Overton says "The big one is putting a functioning septic system on that property. Then there will be some other code issues and ordinance violations that will have to be cleared up before we'll let people back in there."

Overton says for one thing "There's a dangerous building, a building that partially burned and is in pretty bad shape." Code enforcement officers say charette plans to install individual septic systems for each of his three apartment buildings on the property.