VVC addresses water resource project concerns

VERSAILLES — The Versailles Village Council met to discuss water resource concerns.

At the meeting, a packet of information as well as a Facebook post had been made addressing the concerns of residents inside and outside the corporation limits regarding the Village’s ongoing search for additional water resources. The Village provided some answers to a few frequently asked questions.

The Village explained they are seeking additional water resources due to residents having struggled with having adequate groundwater resources since the first wells were drilled for the Village around 1900. The areas that are currently being used have been primarily comprised of gravel and sand thus giving low-yielding water.

The Village has seen local businesses and residences increase their water usage and are trying to find new wells to solve the issue, as the average water production at the Village’s water plant was 519,000 GPD, with the maximum available daily flow from the wells at 607,000 GPD.

As for drilling new wells, the Village has to follow Ohio EPA regulations for setbacks and sanitary isolation radius requirements, thus only allowing five of the ten current wells to be newly drilled. All the wells, however, can not be drilled deeper because they would still be low-yielding, and additional wells are not wished to be drilled on the current Village property due to the well sitting limitations and the limitations of the aquifer due to its thin layer of sand and gravel and shallow depth.

The Village had an in-depth groundwater study performed by Eagon & Associates, Inc. of Washington, OH. The study looked at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) well log data, geological information, the Village’s existing wells and wellfield. All tests…

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