Leetonia expects EPA complaint on water

LEETONIA- The village is being proactive in addressing an imminent EPA water violation, according to Village Administrator Gary Phillips.

At Wednesday’s Village Council meeting Phillips reported that the village will likely be notified of the violation similar to Washingtonville- an excessive level of disinfection byproducts – since both villages receive water from the city of Salem. The high level of byproducts comes from the treatment at the Salem plant, Phillips noted. Phillips said he has had meetings with Salem officials and civil engineers and they are developing a series of options to address the issue on all levels.

“We’re addressing [the issue] very aggressively,” he told council.

Since the problem is originating in Salem, Phillips said he is unsure what action the village will take until Salem officials have determined how they will address the issue.

Phillips told council that the village is in better shape than Washingtonville since Leetonia has a half million gallon underground reservoir that can be aerated, venting out the harmful materials.

Estimates for the aeration system, as well as other options, will be presented once the village receives a violation letter, Phillips said. At that time the village will have to present a strategy and timetable to be monitored by the EPA, he said.

According to Phillips, the EPA in 2013 began requiring water departments to test and report water quality, which has forced the village to complete the same measures as though it were providing its own water instead of receiving it from outside .

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