Water quality remains the topic of discussion in Harrison County. Thursday evening another informative meeting was held at the village park.
The meeting was for residents who wished to gain more information about what’s happening and for them to learn what their options are moving forward.
Wednesday afternoon attorneys looking to file a class action lawsuit held a conference at the Days Inn, Cadiz, unfortunately not everyone could attend so they hosted a separate meeting this evening.
“We’re hard workers, when people get sick you never know what it is, but the last thing you’d think of is your town water. You’d think your councilmen and everyone would stand up for you,” said Amanda Blumenschein, a concerned Scio resident.
Attorney Chet Kern, Katz & Kern LLP New York City, said and he’s been working on the Flint water crisis on behalf of citizens there and he sees some similar characteristics.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between what happened in Flint and what’s happened in Scio, unfortunately the information is just now beginning to become available and it’s the same thing that happened in Flint when Leeanne Walters, very much like Tricia McAfee, came forward and made complaints and wasn’t taking no for an answer,” Kern said.
There are more than 700 people that live in the village of Scio but only a few dozen showed up for the meeting Thursday. Many of the residents say it’s an intimidation thing.
“Most people don’t want to get involved, because like the girl said he earlier, she doesn’t want to buck the system. She doesn’t want to have the mayor and the rest of council, and I’m not really sure whom, on her back and to have her water threatened to be shut off, people don’t want to deal with that, they’d just rather sit back and let it play out,” said Sharon Bulkowski, a Scio business owner.
The good news all health agencies involved are now on the same page even a Harrison County Health Department says that the water is now safe to drink and the Manganese levels are down to the EPA standard.
“It’s going to be getting a lot better, because with them rebuilding the filters, when they get these filters online and with the company here overseeing the operation of those filters, to get them going and working, we should see the water quality improvement in Scio get to what it should be,” said Charles Fisher, director of the Harrison County Health Department.
The attorneys handling this case were encouraging people in Scio to go to their doctors if they felt they were suffering from anything they believe could be attributed back to the water.