Ohio EPA Considering Discharge Permit for Huber Heights Water Plant

Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 1, 2018, about a proposed wastewater discharge from the Huber Heights drinking water treatment plant.

The meeting will be held at the Huber Heights Police Department Community Meeting Room, 6121 Taylorsville Road. An information session begins at 6 p.m. with a hearing immediately following during which the public can submit comments on the record about the application for the discharge permit.

The city has applied for a permit to discharge wastewater from a new softening system at the Rip Rap Road water plant. If approved, the permit would allow the city to discharge up to 1.3 million gallons per day of filtered reject water from the process. The reject water would have higher concentrations of dissolved solids, such as minerals and salts, that are naturally present in ground water.

The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit. The water treatment plant would discharge the water to the Great Miami River.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through March 8, 2018. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.