CAMDEN, Ohio (WDTN) - The days of distributing bottled water in the village of Camden are over. Clean water is now flowing from the faucets.
"It's been quite a collaborative effort," said Bob Curley, who works for Reynolds, Inc., the company that worked with the village to install a new well field and water treatment facility. "The village faced an emergency and they're a lot better off now than they were a year ago today."
Clean water now flows from a new well field on Barnetts Mill Road to the water treatment plant on Main Street in Camden. After being filtered to remove iron and manganese, chlorine is added and it flows into Camden homes. 2 News' Holly Samuels secured an exclusive tour of the new facility.
"It's very clean water," said Tedd Ashman, Camden's mayor. "It's actually the same water we had before the contamination, we're just further up stream from the contamination, and with the addition of the filtration system that we have, the water's much better quality than the water we had."
That is, before a salt pile seeped into the village water supply in the summer of 2010. The water was deemed unfit for use and village leaders started searching for a solution. Emotions ran high for more than a year as the council considered options and looked for ways to pay for establishing a new water supply. The Ohio EPA stepped in, pushing leaders to find clean water for residents as soon as possible and 2 News followed the story, attending council meetings that stretched for hours. At times, those meetings turned into heated arguments.
"We've had people we've had to escort out of council meetings because they were so passionate about what they needed and what they thought should be happening," said Ashman.
Mayor Ashman admits these things take time, but when pressed, he says he believes leaders handled it the best way they knew how.
It took longer than the average resident thought it should, but in fact from what I understand, we did it at lightning speed and quicker than any other municipality in the state of Ohio has ever been able to accomplish it," Ashman said.
The village purchased the 22 acres of land off Barnetts Mill Road, with the court's help for $71,400 dollars to put in a new well field. Add that to the cost of the well field, the pipelines and the new treatment facility, a whopping $1.5 million and it makes for one big bill. The village secured a 40-year 1.5 percent loan through the Ohio Water Development Authority to pay for it.
"It's taxed us pretty heavy as far as cash available but you had to do what you had to do and we'll just have to work it out and I'm sure there'll be some minor increases coming just to help offset some of this," Ashman said.
So far, the village has not made any increases to residents' water bills.
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