There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for the village of Scio after being plagued by severe water drinkability issues for months.
“I’m firmly in belief that you’ll see a dramatic increase once the project is completed,” said Village Administrator Jason Tubaugh.
The project should get underway in the summer of 2017 if grant dollars are awarded. Monday, to help match an Omega grant, Utica East Ohio donated $149,000 to the county’s already $200,000 pledged for the project.
“This is a very good first step,” said Executive Director of Harrison County Community and Economic Development Nick Homrighausen.
“This is the kind of spark of what it takes to get the ball rolling on, not just this issue, but the other issues that are in front of them with their water and sewer issues. What this does is can be that catalysis point to have us go after other grants and to be able to significantly improve the water and sewer issues for the village of Scio residents.”
Village Administrator Jason Tubaugh has been fighting this problem directly after the EPA issued a do not drink order in the village after months of manganese levels being too high. The water smelled, was discolored, and several village residents say it made them sick. The entire project will cost around $754,000.
“Right now, we’re looking at putting new high service pumps in. The filter meter has already been changed. We’re looking at a clear well and a new back wash system for the water treatment plant,” Tubaugh said.
The village should know if they received the grant in February or March and hope to get the project started in July 2016 with a nine to 12 month timetable for completion.
“We want to show our support to the community. UEO is part of the community. We feel like it’s important to contribute where we can and what’s more important than water,” said Manager of Land and External Affairs of Utica East Ohio Jeremy Tingler.
Currently multiple village residents are working with an attorney for a class action law suit against the village because of these water issues.