Home to be condemned after water source tests positive for E. coli, family says landlord dragging feet

Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO

LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A Lake County family can't drink or use water at their house for anything.

Their water source is a polluted pond, and their landlord seems to be dragging his feet when it comes to fixing the problem.

Just one look at the pond that sits behind a house on Griswold Road in Madison Township and you can see the problem. The water is a murky, slimy, green color and it smells bad.

"They told us we could use it, that it was fine," said Linda Carter.

Linda Canter, her husband John, and their 16-year-old daughter, Meadow, are living a nightmare when it comes to staying in the Madison Township home. It sits on what could be a beautiful pond on what was the Thunder Hill Golf Course. Now, they can't drink the water, bathe in it, cook with it, or wash clothes with the water that comes from the pond.

"The last six months it started smelling like fish and stinking. The water in the bathtub was brown," she said. "It was disgusting."

They've complained to the landlord, who lives in another house on the property, but they say he hasn't done anything to fix the filtration system.

"He was like, 'Well you just pour bleach into the white container and plug the pump in for a couple of hours and then unplug it because it won't shut off,'" she said.

The Lake County Health Department says the pond water tested positive for E. coli. The Canters were told to throw away clothing and bedding that had been washed with the water.

Plus, they say it's making them sick.

"We've all had diarrhea real bad," said Linda Canter. "My daughter has been throwing up a lot like the last four or five months. Her face broke out. I have a rash."

To add insult to injury, an electrical box in the dwelling caught fire, knocking out power to the house. So, the Canters had to use a gas generator for power. The whole situation they say is a real mess.

"They Health Department gave the notice until May 2 and then they are going to come and condemn it," Linda Canter said.

The Canter family has run out of money because they've had to eat out and buy gas for the electric generator. Now, they're facing eviction because the house is about to be condemned. They have seven Great Danes and 10 puppies and possibly soon, no place to call home.

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