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I have a problem with my neighbors. I live in my grandmother's house. She is about 30 years ago dig well in our backyard. Everything was fine until a few years. Around my house was built more houses. Our municipality has arranged sewers and septic tanks, all built without regulation! Waste water from the neighborhood ended in my water well. That water is not potable, and 30 years is that a well used every person who has not been provided with drinking water.

Maybe I can't do a lot for the world, but I can save my well. Here is the plan.

1. Water sample taken at the bacteriological analysis
2. In the field to determine which waste water may cause pollution
3. Apply to the competent inspection of illegal discharge of waste water from households.

But, all of that we all already know. And - nothing. My neighbors still do not care, because inspection is not doing its job. And what now? It seems I have to force them to regulate their own septic tanks. Perhaps it is not just legally or morally, but I think it might be effective. In front of my gate is leaking pipe for most of the houses around my yard. If I clogged it up (intentionally) for a while, that will cause to start returning waste water to everyone in his own yard. Or will they simply apply me to inspection .. In both cases, they will be forced to repair their septic tanks and spills of contaminated water. After that, I hope the water will recover over time, and when I again take sample for bacteriological analysis - expect to be drinking water again.

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 5, 2010 at 10:05am
Very tough problem, Mladenka. I think the Serbs are sort of like the Czechs in being suspicious of one-another and not being very good at cooperating. And yet they are probably also like the Czechs in having very good networks for exchange. The problem is that with something like water you can't easily set up use as an exchange. It needs a group to come together and agree-- and for people not to cheat-- and keep to their agreements. It really needs for people to trust one-another.

We live with my mother-in-law and I am always having arguments with her about opening the windows in the winter and leaving the heat full-on. The total cost is divided among all the apartments in the building, so my mother-in-law and her friends say, "Why should I save the others money? They aren't doing anything to save me money!" She would rather pay more herself than do anything that would lower the costs of people she doesn't think deserve it. The only thing we can do is to turn off the heat in our room and wear sweaters ourselves. We can't change her-- but neither can she make us do things her way.

But things are gradually getting better. There are now recycling bins for different kinds of trash. My mother-in-law won't use them, so my husband takes out all the trash now. The little flower garden by the door one of the women in the building started in the early 90's is now flourishing. People no longer steal the plants for their private gardens.

Best of luck in dealing with your neighbors!

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