Both of the infected wells have been cleaned, scrubbed, and disinfected. Well 3, the first well that was cleaned, has completed its holding time process and sample tests have been completed and the well can now be placed back into service. A picture of the sample test is below.
Well 4, the second well cleaned, is still within its holding time process and bacteria samples will be pulled early next week for testing. It will be placed back into service as soon as possible.
We will continue to pull water samples throughout the distribution system to determine whether or not the iron bacteria continues to exist within the distribution system. We will do targeted distribution system flushes in areas where our tests determine iron bacteria may be present or we continue to receive reports of discolored water. We are working with our engineering firm to develop a plan for a systemwide flush in the early spring.
This past November there were four (4) Council seats up for election, two (2) persons were elected and as such we have two (2) vacant council seats starting January 1, 2017. Council gets thirty (30) days to make appointments to the vacant seats. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for one of the vacancies, please submit a cover letter, resume, and any other materials you believe important for Council to consider. Please mail or hand deliver your materials to:
President of Council
Village of Baltimore
103 West Market Street
Baltimore, OH 43105
The only qualifications are you must be a resident of the Village of Baltimore, at least eighteen (18) years old, and a qualified elector (registered to vote). Of course, an interest in the well-being and administration of the Village is preferred!
Once Council has set a date to review and discuss the all submitted materials, a deadline for submitting your materials will be announced.
All leaves should be raked to the curb or the edge of the road by Thursday, November 30. The last day that leaves will be picked up is Friday, December 1.
ONLY leaves will be picked up. To prevent damage to the equipment, please make sure there are no branches or bags mixed in with the leaves.
Last week Village Administration and Village employees met with a representative from Layne – the company that is cleaning our wells – to go over their testing results and the necessary steps to clean and disinfect our wells. In general, they will be video inspecting the wells, cleaning, scrubbing and disinfecting them. The process for each well will take about one and half weeks. They anticipate starting next Monday, November 13, 2017.
Once the wells are cleaned we will continue to test and evaluate water samples throughout the Village distribution system. All of or portions of the distribution system may need flushed and/or cleaned but we cannot determine this until the wells are cleaned.
Please check this site regularly for updates on the cleaning process.
On September 14 and September 25, 2017, Village officials met with a representative from Layne to discuss iron bacteria remediation. Beginning on October 2, 2017, the Village’s wells will be sampled and the iron bacteria cultured. Culturing the bacteria takes approximately two weeks, after which Village officials and Layne will again meet to discuss the best way to proceed with cleaning the wells based on the test results. The wells will then be cleaned which takes approximately one week per well. This updated information is being submitted to the Ohio EPA, with whom we’ve been working throughout this issue.
As more information regarding the remediation plan is available, it will be posted on the Village website.
Earlier this year we hired an outside engineering firm to help us identify the cause of our water issues. We recently received information on the suspected cause.
Based on the information we received, our water issues are likely caused by a non-harmful iron bacteria. Information regarding this iron bacteria is available from the National Groundwater Association at http://www.ngwa.org/Documents/ClipCopy/Iron-Bacteria.pdf.
We have already begun planning to clean and treat our wells and to flush the entire distribution system. We have also notified the Ohio EPA of this issue and will continue to work with them – as we have been for the past year – on our remediation plans.
As our remediation plans are put into action and as more information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Fairfield County and the Village of Baltimore have been awarded a $216,500 grant from the Office of Community Development (OCD) in Columbus to repair the damaged Water Street Bridge and to relocate an exposed water line which runs along side of the bridge. We were among 37 applications for a grant; out of which only 10 proposals were selected. Work will begin soon on the repairs and relocation of the water line.