RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) - It's a village known for its beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air, but lately one part of Ruidoso is becoming overwhelmed with a distinct odor of raw sewage.
One home owner's septic tank has been overflowing for almost a full year, according to neighbors.
Now they say they're fed up with the unbearable smell.
"For the last year their tank's been overflowing," said Village of Ruidoso resident Dave McMath.
That tank McMath is talking about is a septic tank full of raw sewage that just happens to be overflowing and running down this street one flush at a time
What's even worse is the human waste isn't just leaking onto nearby roads.
"In the people on the corner's yard and driveway," said McMath.
Which is causing quite the neighborhood ruckus.
"Our neighbors. Everybody and me is mad," said McMath.
Which is why he says he went to village management almost two months ago to voice his concerns.
"I said I've got a big problem that nobody wants to listen to," said McMath. We're the little man. We're not the big contractor. We're not the big developer, so we're shoved aside."
Now, almost eight weeks later The Village still hasn't done anything.
According to McMath the only solution is to get rid of the septic tanks in their neighborhood and finally hook onto the village's sewer line; a process he says was promised nearly 30 years ago.
"I'm just fed up with them. I was a volunteer firefighter my wife worked for the village. It's just give, give, give, but nobody wants to pay us back in anyway," he said.
Now McMath says he's determined to fix the problem whether the Village wants to help or not.
"It's just an ungodly smell. It's unbearable," he said.
McMath says The Village does know about the overflowing septic tank.
He says officials told him they will look into fixing the problem if the homeowners don't take immediate action.
We tried getting into contact with village officials, but no one returned our calls today.
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