Health Agency and Amish Families Debate on Septic Systems

October 18, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 18, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a health agency is seeking to force six Amish families to install septic systems, something they say violates their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, a one-room Mennonite schoolhouse in Elkton, Ky., was ordered closed after school officials there refused to install running water and a septic system for outhouse toilets. The regional Central Michigan District Health Department in Mount Pleasant wants to bring the Amish families' properties in line with health codes."