I'm going to be SPANCed
This is a long tale, get yourself a glass of wine.
Bought the house 10 yrs ago, according to the estate agent's blurb it was on tout a l'egout. It wasn't till the signing chez le notaire that we learned there wasn't actually mains drainage in the village yet but it was due very soon; we were led to understand we had some form of "puits perdu" which would do instead of a fosse for the time being. incidentally we have no garden and no space for the soakaway system even if we had a fosse.
We had a friend living nearby who did a lot of the work on the house while we were in England. He got the local SPANC guy in, who apparently looked around, couldn't find anything, and said "It'll be OK, there must be a puits perdu somewhere" and left.
We then got a letter from the estate agent telling us he had found out that the previous owner had had the bathroom installed and that the neighbour had let her join her drain to his, and that this neighbour was willing to let us continue to share his drain until the commune provided the mains drainage. It turns out that this "drain" runs across his field and into a roadside ditch! Untreated.
Our house is only used for about 3 months per year and the neighbour is only there 2 or 3 times a year, and having inspected the ditch there's not a lot of "stuff" going into it, so we have let the situation continue assuming that it was only temporary. 5 years ago the commune started to put in mains drainage so we thought that was it; however after a quarter of the village was done the money ran out and nothing else has happened.
Now of course we've had the letter from THE (whoever they are) inviting us to a meeting to explain the "new" regulations and how everybody has to have their "installations" inspected.
Went to the meeting tonight. Probably understood about a fifth if it, but it's clear we are breaking every regulation in the book, but we really feel it's not all our fault. The guy from SPANC who "inspected" our drains was there but couldn't get to talk to him. Anyway, we've arranged a date for our inspection (should take all of 5 minutes!) after which the merde will hit the ventilateur and we will probably face a huge bill to conform, when we feel we've been let down bigtime ny the commune for not completing the drainage project we were promised when we bought the house.
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