What should St. Clairsville do with its water and wastewater systems?

Apr 29, 2019

As the city of St. Clairsville considers options for its water and wastewater systems, the Ohio EPA wants changes to be made.

The way leaders see it, there are two ways to go – privatization, or having the county take over the systems.

The city is leaning toward the former, and also making changes to comply with the EPA.

"We need to change the way we do business, and this has been talked about for a long time. I've been here for 3 years -- I've been talking to council about it for 3 years," City Service Director Jim Zucal said.


The water plant was built in 1929, and there are 10 miles of pipe in the ground that are at least 70 years old.

"Our constituents deserve better, and they need good quality water at a fair price," Zucal said.

The city has been considering selling its water and wastewater systems to a state-regulated company.

Aqua Ohio has shown interest, along with several others.

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