Sewage O&M program timeline announced

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Logan County Health District Environmental Health Director Tim Smith unveiled a timeline during the Wednesday afternoon board of health meeting for expanding the Sewage Operation and Maintenance Program in the remaining townships in the county following the start of the program earlier this year.

The program that is mandated by the Ohio Department of Health requires each property owner with a private sewage system in Logan County producing less than 1,000 gallons of wastewater per day to obtain a valid and renewable permit and comply with mandatory inspections.

With the start of the new initiative, “The state is wanting to make sure that people are maintaining sewage systems the way they should be and to protect the waters of the state,” Smith said.

The health district is gradually rolling out the program to each of the townships in Logan County this year and next year. The first townships reached with application mailings were Lake, Zane, Perry, Bloomfield and Bokescreek.

Applications will be sent this month to Harrison Township residents for the required $50 renewable sewage operation permit. 

So far, Smith said he has been very pleased with the responsiveness of area residents to the program. In Lake Township, the first township to receive the applications, the health district has seen 93 percent of properties paid, and in Zane and Perry Townships, the rates so far are at 85.8 percent and 89.6 percent, officials reported.

Next on the schedule to receive the permit applications are Liberty Township in October, McArthur Township in November and Union Township in December.

Read complete story in Thursday's Examiner.
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