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For village water supply, Milan picks pact with Erie County over treatment plant upgrades

• Sep 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM

MILAN — A recent agreement with Milan’s water company will allow residents to choose the hardness of their water and possibly extend the life of their appliances.

At 26 grains per gallon hardness, Milan always has been known for its hard water, village administrator Brian Rospert said. Erie County water is measured at 9 to 10 grains per gallon hardness.

However, the village recently took actions that can change the hardness, if the resident so choose, Rospert said.

Earlier this summer, the village worked with Erie County Water for repairs and recommendations from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the water treatment plant.

An engineering firm said the probable cost for the upgrades needed at the treatment plant would be about $1,321,000.

On Wednesday, after several discussions with the Erie County commissioners, the village council voted and unanimously approved signing the water purchase agreement between the village and Erie County. That means the county can supply Milan as a source of potable water moving forward.

The village doesn’t expect any changes to residents’ current water rates, Rospert said. Two cost analyses showed customers should be able to keep their bill, exactly as it was, but with a better quality product.

With this agreement, the water customers also will have several options moving forward, including scaling back their water softeners to 9 to 10 grains per gallon hardness or eliminating their water softeners all together.

Rospert said the village water customers may notice a longer useful life of their appliances as the hardness won’t break them down quite as quickly.

The village administrator invited any residents who had questions or requests for clarification to give him a call at the village offices at 419-499-4161 ext. 3.

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