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Cadiz Agrees to Improve Sewers, Protect Public Health and Environment
In a settlement with Ohio EPA, the village of Cadiz (Harrison Co.) has agreed to achieve and maintain compliance with Ohio laws and its wastewater discharge permit as soon as possible to protect public health and the environment.
Specifically, the village will (among other actions): submit applications to Ohio EPA to improve its north, central and south trunk lines sewerage systems and wastewater treatment plant (or submit an application to construct a new wastewater treatment plant); study its sewerage systems’ flow rates and submit a corresponding report; conduct inspections as agreed upon; and eliminate the infiltration/inflow of clean water to its wastewater treatment plant during heavy rain events.
Cadiz has attempted to alleviate its infiltration/inflow problem by taking actions such as smoke testing, installing flow meters for data collection, purchasing sewer cameras and mapping manholes. The village is required to comply with its permit and maintain its plant in good working order at all times.
Since a compliance evaluation inspection in 2008, Ohio EPA has noted that clean water infiltration/inflow into the collection system causes collection system overflows, and surges of clean water in Cadiz’s plant adversely affect the plant’s ability to comply with its permit to discharge wastewater. The plant has exceeded its average daily design hydraulic flow of 0.60 million gallons on numerous occasions for extended periods since 2009. Additionally, the plant exceeded effluent limits for nitrogen, ammonia and other parameters in 2011 and 2012. Other violations, namely obstructions in the sewerage line, came to the Agency’s attention in 2010 and 2012.
While several businesses are being allowed to connect to the sewerage systems, the settlement provides for a standard connection ban to prohibit most additional connections/extensions to the sewerage systems and wastewater treatment plant unless repairs can demonstrate public health, welfare and the environment are being protected.
Civil penalties benefit Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Program Fund and regulatory program oversight.