WEST MILLGROVE, OH (Toledo News Now) – More than $1 million in grant money has been awarded to help take care of what some call "a big problem" in a small Wood County village.
West Millgrove is one of the only areas in the county without a public sewer system, but that is about to change. Residents are definitely looking forward to having a new public sewer system.
The grant money will cover about half the cost of the total project.
Without a public sewer system in place right now, people say the smell in the air can be unbearable, especially on hot days. They say sometimes it gets so bad, they cannot even open windows. Removing the smell is not the only way a new sanitary sewer system will help.
In 2009, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stepped in and ordered a public sewer system to be installed in the village for multiple reasons.
"It eliminates that environmental problems of contaminating the waterways and the ditches. With a public sewer system, that will collect it, transport it and properly treat it before releasing it into the streams," explained Jerry Greiner, executive director of Northwestern Water and Sewer.
Construction on the new sewer system will begin later this summer and should be complete in about a year.
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