Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A random selection of Indian Lake-area customers served by the Logan County Wastewater Pollution Control District will be receiving income surveys which will be used by the district and the state to determine rate increases for sanitary sewer services.
The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program, administered by the WSOS Community Action Commission in Fremont, will mail the surveys Aug. 5.
WSOS conducts dozens of income surveys across the state every year to help local and county governments plan and secure grants and low interest loans for water and sewer projects. All forms are kept confidential and only a summary of the responses is provided to the District and potential funding agencies.
If WSOS does not receive responses, its staff will begin the door-to-door surveys of the randomly selected list of properties beginning Aug. 17.
Survey data is crucial for the Logan County Water Pollution Control District to make a financial affordability case with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Therefore, the district is asking customers to complete the survey and return it in the envelope that will be provided or drop it off at the LCWPC’s Office at 8100 S. State Route 708, Russells Point.
The Ohio EPA has ordered the district to study expansion of the Indian Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant in order provide full treatment of all flows during wet weather events and to make significant improvements to the sanitary sewer system to eliminate the sources of clean water intrusion.
Expanding the plant to treat every drop of water coming into the facility during rain events and the requirement to reduce or eliminate clean water sources in the sanitary sewer system would be financially cumbersome for the residents of the district.
District leaders hope to complete a financial affordability analysis to ascertain how much additional rate increases residents could absorb that doesn’t exceed the EPA economic threshold for low to moderate income areas.
Even if the district can prove financial hardship on its residents, it does not relieve its obligation to comply with the environmental regulations.
The goal of the Financial Affordability Analysis is to demonstrate the economic burden placed on residents and to request a 10- to 15-year time extension for the expansion.
During that period, the district would aggressively pursue the reduction/elimination of all sources of clean water intrusion including sump pumps and foundation drains.
Hopefully, after the extension, the district will be able demonstrate that an expansion of the treatment plant is no longer necessary.