DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- U.S. Representative Mike Turner (OH- 10), held the first meeting for his water safety panel Wednesday. The panel will conduct an independent review of the region’s water quality. The move comes two months after Dayton’s massive water main break that lead to a water outage.
There are 14 people on the panel. Turner said those selected represent the biggest entities Dayton provides water to. Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein is also on the panel.
“I think that it’s something we’re going to be doing with the city not to the city,” Turner said.
Turner said Dayton’s water main break isn’t the only reason for the panel. He said there are issues in surrounding communities that, while not directly relevant to the city’s water supply, could be of concern to cities nationwide.
“It’s a good time to take a pause and review where we are and be able to provide that assurance that our water quality is very high,” Turner said.
A third-party consultant will be hired to lead the group. Turner said the panel had not yet determined a budget or source of funding. Turner said the independent consultant would likely provide a list of actions that should be taken. The panel’s meetings however, will be held in private.
When asked, Turner didn’t specify any goals.
“We’re going to need to look to the consultant, to the experts, to find out really what’s possible and what our time frame should be,” Turner said.
As the city works to prevent future water outages, Representative Turner said he hopes to gain a better understanding of potential issues.