Ohio EPA Considering Discharge Permit for Warren County Drinking Water Plant

Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, about the receipt of a wastewater discharge permit renewal application for the Richard Renneker drinking water treatment plant. The permit renewal application includes a new discharge from a proposed water treatment softening system.

The meeting will be held at the Warren County Administration Building, Room 128 A and B, 406 Justice Drive, Lebanon. 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 county has applied for a permit to discharge wastewater from a new softening system at the water plant. If approved, the permit would allow the county to discharge up to 2.92 million gallons per day of filtered water from the softening process. The discharged 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 Little Miami River.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through Feb. 18, 2019. 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.

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