Calabasas divided over septic tanks

SCENE—The city charges that septic tank contents spilled here onto Valdez Street, but a resident says the water came from a spring.

With only a week left before deadline, the Calabasas planning staff says only about a third of the city’s septic tank owners are obtaining permits required under a new city law.

More alarming, said senior planner Sparky Cohen, is the fact that 37 of 46 septic tanks in Calabasas failed their initial inspection.

In August 2009, the City Council ...

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