DISTRICT MAY MOVE RIVER DISCHARGE POINT.(News) web site cincinnati water works
The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH) June 2, 2005 | Saladin, Luke E.
Byline: Luke E. Saladin Post staff reporter In a move that could help resolve a dispute between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the safety of the Queen City’s drinking water supply, Sanitation District No. 1 is considering moving a discharge point on the Ohio River for the agency’s new $75-million plant in Alexandria, Ky.
Officials with the Cincinnati Water Works argue that the current plan — which would place the discharge for the new plant on the Ohio River 11 miles upstream from the city’s water intake in California, Ky. — could threaten the city’s drinking water supply with dangerous bacteria and parasites.
Sanitation District No. 1 General Manger Jeff Eger would not say Wednesday what alternatives locations for the discharge are being considered, but did say the exploration of those options had nothing to do with Cincinnati’s opposition to the current plan.
The district is discussing other options, including one that would add additional methods of treatment before the wastewater is discharged. That would be paired with moving the discharge point.
“I want to stress that these alternatives have nothing to do with opposition raised by Cincinnati,” Eger said. “We’ve run into some engineering and geo-technical problems that could hinder the plant’s construction, and right now we just don’t have that kind of time (to deal with them).
“That said, I think Cincinnati might be more comfortable with some of the options we are looking at.” Eger declined to discuss the specifics of the alternative plans.
While the two sides dispute the degree of safety in the current proposal, both agree that a new plant is needed in Alexandria to replace a failing system in the same location that often overflows during heavy rains, allowing untreated sewage to flow into the Ohio and other waterways.
Cincinnati Water Works officials have asked the district to move the discharge point downriver from the city’s water intake so any pollutants would flow away from the intake, rather than toward it. Doing that may add $45 million to the plant’s cost.
Cincinnati has filed an appeal with the Kentucky Division of Water of its approval of a permit for the plant. A decision is expected sometime this summer. in our site cincinnati water works
Sanitation District officials said their existing plan goes beyond what is required by existing clean water standards. Kentucky requires only five miles between any discharge and water intake and Ohio requires only 1,500 feet.
The discharge for the new treatment plant under the current plan would be 11 miles from Cincinnati’s intake and utilize redundant ultra-violet light, a treatment proven to be one of the most effective in killing dangerous parasites and one district officials said isn’t required.
Eger said the new options being explored likely wouldn’t move the discharge downriver from the intake, but would involve some additional layers of treatment and moving the discharge point. That might be in an Ohio tributary.
Cincinnati Water Works General Manager Dave Rager viewed the sanitation district’s willingness to move the discharge point as a positive step.
“It appears they are coming to understand some of our concerns,” he said. “But we’re still not sure if this will solve our problems.” Saladin, Luke E.