The most popular question we get asked is, “How much does my backyard sink?”
If you’re wondering, it depends on the type of backyard.
“A lot,” says Scott, whose own backyard is more than 3,500 square feet.
He’s been in the water for years and it’s still a little rough.
“The bottom of the water is a little bit rough,” he says.
He’d been getting water from the ocean, and the bottom of his backyard was dry, so the water was just going to be a little damp.
He figured he’d go back to his pool.
But when he got home, the water had turned into a murky greenish liquid.
“It smelled bad, and I didn’t know what was wrong,” Scott says.
“I went to the water, and it was actually the same kind of stuff as the water in my backyard.”
Scott says he called the city’s water department and they sent him to the hospital for tests.
The test showed that the water that he had been using was probably contaminated.
“They gave me a sample of the contaminated water,” he recalls.
Scott has since been drinking from the same pool again.
The city is now testing all of its water sources, and Scott says the city is also testing for bacteria.
So far, the results haven’t been good.
“There are some water systems in New York and New Jersey that are not getting the test results,” says Brian Hynes, a spokesperson for the city of New York.
Hynes says the testing is continuing, but it’s “not a complete test.”
Hynes said the city expects to release a test results report in the coming weeks.
He says the results are expected to show that the city has not been able to find the water to be safe for bathing.
The New York Times reached out to the city for comment.
Hinksons office told the Times it was “aware of this report” and would provide more information in the future.
Scott says his backyard is the third-largest in New Jersey.
“My neighbor has a backyard with about 50 to 100 feet of space.
That’s about half a million square feet,” Scott said.
“That’s about one quarter of a mile in size.”
He’s also been told by some people that it’s been raining for weeks.
“This is a problem we have to deal with,” Scott tells the Times.
“We don’t have a lot of water coming in.
It’s going to get worse.”
He says it’s not a good situation for him.
“For me, it’s definitely going to affect my life,” Scott adds.
“Because I’m always on the go.”
Scott is also frustrated about the city not providing him with a safe place to shower.
“When I get home, it feels like it’s like the next step in a laundry machine,” he explains.
“And I’ve never had a wash machine in my life.”