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Ector County Health Inspectors Now Able To Issue Citations To Violators

Ector County, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "We need this authority in order to better protect the majority of the population," said Gino Salla, director of the Ector County Health Department.
Ector County, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "We need this authority in order to better protect the majority of the population," said Gino Salla, director of the Ector County Health Department.

Ector County health inspectors will now be able to issue health citations without waiting on permission from the court.

One of the biggest problem Ector County Health Department officials see, is the over-use of septic systems.

"Bringing in campers, trailers and just connect into existing septic systems that are overloaded," said Salla.

It's side effect to the population boom. And the solution, will now come more quickly.

The second most frequent violation?

"Things like trash that has rotting or organic matter, all those, we're seeing a lot more of with the increase," Salla said.

What used to be a long drawn out process to ticket the health code violations, will now be quick and simple.

And for Mesquite Oasis RV Park owner Mary Lewis, it's a ruling that's been long overdue.

"We wouldn't have some of the problems that we currently have if we had been able to do this prior," Lewis said.

Lewis tells me a home owner near her RV park had multiple homes using one septic tank, and it wasn't just that home owner's property that was damaged by the violation.

"Their septic system overflowed, more than once, onto my property," Lewis said.

Those issued a citation will have to see the justice of the peace to pay their fines.

Violators of health codes can be issued a fine of up to $500 dollars for a water quality issue and between ten to a hundred dollars for a public health issue.

The new ruling should take effect in a month.

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