The Bryan Times,

(Editor’s note: This letter was submitted by Delores Whitman to The Bryan Times with the approval of Andy Struble. It is an excerpt of a letter Struble sent this spring to Paul G. Brock, P.E., Engineering Supervisor, Division of Drinking and Ground Water, OEPA, about Artesian of Pioneer’s plan to sell water from the Michindoh Aquifer to Toledo suburbs).

“My name is Andy Struble. I was the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor for the City of Bryan, Ohio, during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. I held an OEPA Class III certification in Water Treatment, Class II in Water Distribution, and a Bacteriological Laboratory certification.

We operated a groundwater treatment plant with pressure sand filters, aeration and chlorination to remove iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide from the water. We pumped between 1.3 and 2.0 million gallons per day to 8,500 residents and industry.

I worked with well drillers, hydrogeologists, university graduate students and the USGS doing aquifer testing. I also worked with the ODNR collecting data from monitoring wells and the OEPA collecting water quality samples from the city wells. My staff and I created one of the first OEPA approved well head protection plans in the State of Ohio.

As a resident of Williams County, I am very concerned about the AOP project. I reviewed the Conditioned Draft Well Site Approval, inspected the one-square-mile area around the test well/production well, studied the OEPA SWAP map on pages 8-9 of the above-referenced document, and talked with seven residents who have private wells within the one-mile radius of the AOP site. I have discovered problems with the location of the test well/production well.

First, there is an operating junkyard located approximately 500 ft. to the southwest of the test well/production well.

Second, the AOP proposed production wells are located within one-half mile from the leaking Fayette Tubular underground storage tank. This storage tank is identified on the SWAP map. The village of Fayette already had to abandon its original wells and drill new wells to the north because of this leaking abandoned storage tank.

In addition, there are agricultural irrigation wells within a few miles of Fayette which are already interfering with residential wells. How will seven to 10 large 1,200 gallons-per-minute production wells affect these residential wells?”

Community members must consider this information before making a decision.

Dolores Whitman


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