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Village of Attica Agrees to Make Drinking Water, Wastewater Treatment System Improvements

The village of Attica has agreed to reduce levels of disinfection byproducts in its drinking water and construct improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. The work will bring both systems into compliance with state regulations and permit requirements.

The settlement with Ohio EPA requires additional actions for the water and wastewater treatment systems.

The village has 90 days to submit a plan that includes options for reducing levels of total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), a type of disinfection byproduct, in the drinking water. If necessary, the village will conduct a pilot study to evaluate the chosen option. After an option is chosen and Ohio EPA approves a plan to implement it, the village has a year to complete any prescribed water plant improvements, and another year to reduce the TTHM average to an acceptable level.

In addition, the village is required to have a certified operator of record at the water plant five days a week for a minimum of 40 hours per week. No construction or significant changes can be made to the water treatment plant without Ohio EPA-approved plans. The village must comply with all water monitoring requirements, provide complete information in its annual Consumer Confidence Report and file monthly operating reports on time with Ohio EPA.

For the wastewater treatment plant, the village has six months to submit a plan for plant improvements to Ohio EPA. The settlement includes a five-year schedule for the village to obtain a permit to construct and operate the wastewater plant improvements, then begin and complete construction. Until construction is complete, Attica must maintain and operate the plant in compliance with its permit conditions.

The village has 90 days to submit an evaluation of its sludge treatment and disposal methods and 120 days to submit a report on a plan to reduce infiltration and inflow of storm water into the sanitary sewer system. The village also agreed to pay a $1,081 civil penalty for violations involving the wastewater treatment system.

Violations addressed in the settlement occurred between 2006 and 2011.

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