Outhouse Issues: Health Board Condemns Two Amish Homes

By Emma Koch

Outhouse Issues: Health Board Condemns Two Amish Homes

March 27, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 4:12 AM EDT

KENTON, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) -- A northwest Ohio health board decided to move forward with plans to condemn two newly constructed Amish homes because they don't have required septic systems for their outhouses.

Last summer, the Kenton-Hardin County Board of Health said it would begin to enforce the rule that any new home must have a proper well and septic system, which Amish have never had to do. Existing homes were not asked to change.

Tuesday night more than 100 Amish turned out to ask the health board to reconsider the condemnation order which requires that the two homes be brought into compliance or the families move out. There are about 200 Amish families living in Hardin County.

The families that live in the two homes will now have to dig proper well and install approved concrete pits under their outhouses, appeal the order to the Common Pleas Court or move.

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