WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Early this year, Preble County Commissioners got orders from the Ohio EPA that raw and partially treated sewage from failing septic systems are causing a public health nuisance.
“There have been studies done that have found human waste in the streams of the area.” said Matthew Lindsay of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Tuesday night dozens of Glenwood area residents came to the local American Legion to hear solutions to solve the sewer issue. A study funded by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission found a possible option.
Lindsay said, “It does recommend one particular combination which is grinder sewers which is a pumping system to collect the wastewater and building a new treatment plant.” That plan comes with the price tag of $6.3 million.
Preble County Commissioner Rodney Creech says he isn’t a fan of that plan. He says state and federal grants are available, but roughly three hundred residents would be forced to pay the rest. Creech said, “We are a relatively poor community. So it’s going to be hard on everyone in our community who has to foot the bill for that.”
The study also looked into the option of tapping into nearby city’s sewer systems, like West Alexandria and Eaton. The city of Eaton says its system is at capacity, but according to officials who conducted the study, the city of West Alexandria hasn’t completely ruled out connecting Glenwood to its sewer system.
There isn’t a set time when the project needs to be done. A plan has to be approved by Preble County Commissioners before anything can happen. Currently they’re just at the beginning stages of finding options.