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Mary

El Cajon, CA
March 19th, 2021|

About a year and a half ago, we were living in a trailer that was on someone’s property. Since this wasn’t the only trailer on the property, we did not think that it was being rented out illegally. It wasn’t until the EPA advised us that we should move as quickly as possible that we found out that the owner shouldn’t have been renting out any of the trailers. Unbeknownst to any of the tenants on the property, he had been told by the state to stop renting out the trailers, but had not told anyone anything until he was threatened with $1000 per day fine for having tenants living on the property. We moved out, but had to start renting two motel rooms per day for all of us to stay in. We were six adults and two kids, ages 2 and 3. Afterwards we learned that the EPA had found out that he was using septic water to water the fruit trees on the property. We had small children that were eating the fruit from those trees. It was even discovered that the faucet water had traces of feces in it. We still do not know what lasting effects we will have from the water and the fruit that we consumed. But after six months of living in motels, my daughter’s boss gave her a loan to pay the for the first month rent and security deposit on an apartment, so we now have a home.

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