A troubling look into the problem of raw sewage in rural communities from KARK today, focusing on Winchester (Drew County), where residents pipe waste directly into ditches surrounding their homes because the town lacks a sewage system.
In Winchester, deposits around resident’s homes of raw sewage can also migrate to surrounding natural resources, even the Arkansas River,
This causes health problems.
Carissa Darrough, a resident of Winchester, said “you can’t even go outside and sit sometimes because you smell waste” and that the raw sewage can cause “breathing problems.”
According to KARK, Winchester will know by September whether it receives a grant from the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District to build a sewer system.
Winchester is not alone in dealing with raw sewage. Many rural…
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