Attorney Chet Kern represents the citizens of the Village of Scio who say they are being poisoned by high manganese levels in their village’s water supply that no one is willing to fix.
Saturday, Kern and eight property owners or residents of Scio met at the public library to discuss what actions can be taken.
Back in August, the Village of Scio was put under a “Do Not Drink the Water” warning, and bottled water was distributed. That warning was rescinded in September, and the Harrison County Health Department said the water was safe to drink. However, residents say nothing has changed.
“Since that time, the water quality has not changed. There’s not been a full water quality assessment. Damage has continued to the property of the homeowners and the business owners in the Village of Scio, as well as health–and very serious health consequences–to all the citizens of the Village of Scio,” said Kern.
Now, Kern and Scio residents or property owners are prepared to take legal action, hoping they can get everyone in the village to join the cause.
“The next steps are for the citizens of the Village of Scio to continue to unite behind us, and as they do we will be moving very soon after we do a water assessment study of the water supply in various parts of the Village of Scio. Then we will move in the courts to have them deliver what they are billing for, which is safe potable water,” said Kern.
Kern is hoping to reach out to residents through the internet and social media but says he will go to door-to-door to talk to people if he has to.
Residents are hopeful that after it is all said and done, the people of the village will be better off.
“I think that when this is all done, Scio should have some of the best water in the state. I think that with the attorneys that are here and putting pressure on the town, I think that hopefully they can finally get the town to clean up the water for the people,” said Scio property owner Joe Citro.
Kern–who is also representing residents in Flint, Michigan–is hoping to hold more public meetings with Scio residents. Information about that meeting will be posted in the Facebook group titled, “Scio Ohio Pride renovating and cleaning up our town.”
7News did reach out to the Village of Scio for comment, but administrative offices are closed for the weekend.