UPDATE: Devola Residents Speak Out About Sewer Project

By: Rachele Mongiovi ,Danielle Staub, Todd Baucher Email
By: Rachele Mongiovi ,Danielle Staub, Todd Baucher Email
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Devola residents gathered for a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the sewer project that

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UPDATE 1/20/2015 11:15 PM

The residents of Devola are facing a problem that's bigger than just drinking water. A while back, Devola's water had a nitrate test level over 10 and they fixed it with reverse osmosis.

The residents have septic tanks, but the city of Marietta wants Devola to be sewered in with the town and some surrounding areas.

The people of Devola are trying every avenue to prevent this from happening. They say 238 homes out of 320 signed a statement saying they are against the Devola sewer.

The biggest issue is the cost. An estimated $18,000 could be added to their monthly expenses and this could have the residents selling their homes and moving out of Devola.

"Our main concern is how are we going to pay for this? I don't have this kind of money and you know it's scaring the residents of this area, we're petrified over this," says a Devola resident.

Homeowners have tried to talk this out with the Washington County Commissioners, but little has been done.

The Washington County Board of Health found no health problem as a result of septic tanks.

UPDATE 8/28/2014 4:30 PM

The entire community of Devola could soon have a sewer system.

It's just a matter of whether that happens gradually or all at once.

The Washington County Commissioners Thursday discussed funding options for the system with a bonding consultant.

The county was ordered two years ago to provide service to the entire community.

The commission would like that to take place in phases.

The commissioners are awaiting a ruling on its plan by the Ohio EPA.

In the meantime, they're considering options to pay for the project, ranging from federal grants to selling bonds.

A huge turn out Tuesday night at the Devola fire house for an informational meeting about a sewer system.

It's a big project for Devola and big decisions need to be made.

The Washington County Commissioners say they're working with the EPA to try and slow down the process of the Devola phase two project.

People had many questions but right now commissioners say people just need to get their septic systems tested.

All of the plans and money to further the additions and expansion of the Marietta plant are still in tact.

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