Outhouses still standard in Va. hamlet

March 5, 2006 at 8:42 PM
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WILLISVILLE, Va., March 5 (UPI) -- A little more than an hour from the U.S. Capitol, residents of a tiny Virginia town are still waiting for indoor plumbing to arrive.

Most of the unincorporated community of Willisville, Va., has made do without indoor plumbing since the town was founded just after the Civil War, the Washington Post reported.

Loudoun County received a state loan in 1999 to build a small sewage treatment plant in Willisville. Seven years later, at least six residents live with outhouses and no running water -- and nine more live in houses with failing septic systems, the newspaper said.

County officials say design delays, bureaucratic hurdles and government neglect have delayed the Willisville On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Project.

"It's a travesty, I think," said the Rev. Reginald A. Early, pastor of Willisville Chapel. "Coming from the city and seeing some of our elders coming out of outhouses in the 21st century, it was just mind-boggling."

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