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John Lowe The New Concord Leader NEW CONCORD

Published: March 5, 2011 11:02 PM

John LoweThe New Concord LeaderNEW CONCORD -- Local village administrators may feel a twinge of concern when heavy rains fall on the area as they did last week. But for administrators in Byesville and New Concord, the concern seldom rises to the level it once did.Flooding of utility plants has proved problematic for the villages in the past.But, thanks to measures taken in recent years, the problems now are less frequent and less severe."The rain hasn't caused any abnormal problems this time," Randy Mercer said on Friday. Mercer is administrator for the Village of Byesville."The creek is still in its banks. Of course, it's usually about the second day after the rain that the flooding occurs."We will continue to monitor the creek, but I don't expect anything unless we get another hard rain. And it looks like it is turning to snow now."In New Concord, improvements made to the plant in the past several years have enabled the wastewater treatment plant to handle storm water infiltration "most of the time," Administrator John Huey said.The village purchased and installed a sludge press last year and has converted several clarifiers into storm water holding tanks."We collect the storm water, hold it in the tanks and then slowly run it through the system," he said. "Sometimes we have to work overtime, but we have been able to stay in compliance so far."Phase 2 improvements to the plant are scheduled to begin about June 1, Huey said. Those improvements will reduce the storm water infiltration problem even further, Huey said.The Village of Byesville will have a new wastewater treatment plant operational at about the middle of May.jlowe@daily-jeff.com

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