Devola water, sewer issue

Elevated nitrate concentrations in drinking water should no longer be a closely watched regulatory problem for Devola residents. Devola’s Putnam Water Association has potentially saved its customers, who have private septic tanks, from an unneeded sewer expansion project. How?

In the act of upgrading the water treatment plant in Devola to eliminate elevated nitrate concentrations, the privately owned Putnam Water Association has taken a good step to preserve Devola’s East Muskingum Township citizens’ self-autonomy and independent home septic tank sewer systems. How so?

The EPA has aggressively cited an occasional drinking water quality issue, which the EPA has related to nitrates from sewer, as a reason to force an expanded Devola sewer project. The injustice is the expanded sewer project will force high costs upon homeowners with private septic tank systems. Devola residents presently enjoy the liberty of their private property, self-autonomy and independent sewer tank systems which were approved through the Washington County Health Department.

Essentially, Devola’s Putnam Water Association nitrate problem has been fixed and does not exist. Therefore, common sense suggests the EPA does not have a valid reason to further force a sewer expansion project upon Devola’s private property owners. Putnam Water Association has remedied the drinking water nitrate concern by having finally been permitted to install and operate a reverse osmosis process. Reverse osmosis will be used to treat a sufficient volume of water to lower the concentration of regulated nitrates in Devola’s public drinking water.

Please be reminded, the EPA had fought Devola’s completely viable reverse osmosis solution! The EPA had said no to reverse osmosis and instead wanted Devola to buy supplemental water from Tri-County Water Company (Waterford) to dilute Devola’s nitrate concentrations. The Tri-County Water Company remedy included a plan for a more expensive cross-river water line project. Never minding the cost, is anyone not convinced the EPA sought to eliminate Devola’s water production independence?

The first phase of the Devola sewer project is completed. The first phase involved re-lining leaky sewer lines and installing of a sewer pump station for the section of Devola that had no septic tanks. The pump-station sends the raw sewage to The City of Marietta’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. I am a Devola homeowner and wish to avoid any monthly sewer bill, expensive tap fees, related higher property taxes and additional operating cost which would be due because of a bureaucratic, non-elected government official’s EPA sewer hook-up mandate. Indeed, the EPA lacks common sense, lacks common decency, and lacks respect for private property rights. The first phase of Devola’s sewer project should be its last phase.

Citizens need to eliminate wasteful government spending by stopping the additional phases of the Devola sewer expansion project. I urge citizens to write your government officials to stop the wasteful spending and over-reach of the EPA and especially any expanded Devola sewer project which itself if another example of the EPA’s heavy-handed tyrannous agenda.

Many people remember this common sense quotation, “An ounce of prevention for a pound of cure.” But today it’s a fact, the un-American EPA environmental agenda wants a pound of prevention for a nanogram (one trillionth of one gram) of cure.

Glen Pawloski