HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – After the weekend water restrictions in Brookfield, Hubbard and Pennsylvania, our station took a closer look at how neighboring water districts could help out if a situation like this were to happen again.
Officials said a lot of work needs done for water to be used from neighboring water districts. The biggest challenge is an aging infrastructure in Trumbull County.
“A backup plan would be a fantastic addition,” Hubbard Councilman Ben Kyle said. “Trying to create an aggressive plan to figure out what we needed to do as a city because of the severity of the issue, we were concerned.”
Kyle said leaders worked together to make sure the people impacted by the oil spill had safe drinking water.
“We were very aggressive in the reaction once we heard about the actual spill itself. We were on the phone with Aqua Ohio and Aqua Pennsylvania,” Kyle said.
Trumbull County leaders got in touch with Aqua to help out, too.
“We offered to Aqua but they said they had sufficient water in their tank,” Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka said. “We’re trying to open the lines of communication and work together as a region.”
But there is still a big problem that needs addressed: an aging water infrastructure. Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said the county is seeing what needs to be done to make proper upgrades.
He said it is too early to speculate on what needs improved and how much it would cost.
This weekend, if the county would have helped Aqua customers, the water would have come from Niles via the Meander Reservoir. Smith said one of the interesting things about the oil spill is that it would have been easier for Aqua to provide drinking water if the roles were reversed as opposed to the county providing water.
That is why he said protocol is being reviewed.