|Updated: 4/05/2012 7:52 am
||Published: 4/04/2012 10:51 pm
BENTON, AR - As Benton Wastewater Manager, Jonathan Buff carries a heavy load. He's looking into options to manage the thousands of gallons of septic waste dumped there every day.
"If it contains anything that could be harmful to the system, I have no way to get it out or control it," said Buff.
Items are often found in the filtering process at the plant but after pig parts turned up in the processing plant, Benton may ban septic tank haulers altogether.
"I mean, we're just sewer guys!" said America's 1 Septic. "We're not trying to hurt the sewer plants!"
America's 1 Sewage hauler James Nulty says without a dump site, septic sewage will end up in your backyard.
"They're just not going to maintain it until it backs up into their house and inside their floors," said Jay Johnson, owner of Jay's Pump Service. "Where their grand babies are playing."
If Benton shuts it's doors, Little Rock will try to take on as many haulers as they can but a tank can only be so full and with nowhere to dump, these haulers say its only a matter of time before the septic tanks back up.
"It's a major health issue," said Johnson. "I don't want to be catching fish out of a stream sewage has been running into. Do you?"
The proposed ordinance to forbid haulers from dumping in Benton has been thrown back to a committee for further discussion but in the meantime, haulers Fox16 spoke with have already applied for dumping permits in Little Rock while they still can.