News Briefs: Crews Excavate Century-Old Wooden Water Pipe in South Carolina

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Ohio EPA regulations are changing how water systems notify property owners when replacing lead service lines

Excavation crews near Charleston, South Carolina’s water treatment plant recently dug up a 20-inch wooden water pipe estimated to be 100 years old.

The pipe is built of wooden segments held together with metal bands. “We knew that wooden pipes were a thing, and we knew we probably had some a long time ago, but no one in our organization had ever seen one,” Charleston Water System spokesman Michael Saia told The Post and Courier.

Records show the pipe was installed by 1918 and had been taken offline by 1933. Check out photos of the pipe along with the full story at The Post and Courier.

Ohio EPA Adopts New Rules for Lead Service Line Replacement

New regulations from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency change how water systems in the state must alert residents and businesses when replacing lead service lines.

The rules say utilities have to notify owners within 45 days of making repairs, and water systems are required to provide filters for three months after work is completed.

The deputy director of Dayton, Ohio’s water department tells Dayton Daily News his utility didn’t notify property owners if they found lead lines before this rule was enacted. Even now, the cost of replacement falls on the homeowners. “There are no local incentives for people to replace that I’m aware of,” he tells Dayton Daily News. “This rule came really fast.”

Ohio City Suing County for Failing to Pay $3 Million in Sewer Bills

The city of Warren, Ohio, is suing Trumbull County for failure to pay its bills for wastewater treatment services for residents and business in the Lordestown and Champion areas.

“The unpaid bills total upwards of $3 million, most of it is many months in arrears — some is more than a year old — and the county has refused to commit to paying what it owes,” Edward Haller, director of the Warren Water Pollution Control Department, said in a press release.

Of that figure, $600,000 is overdue under the sewer agreement between Warren and Trumbull County.


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