MOUNT VERNON — Letters are going out in the mail today to residents in Clinton Township not currently connected to the Mount Vernon City sanitary sewer system. Environmental Health Director Nate Overholt of the Knox County Health Department told the News that these letters will include a flier explaining the procedure and purpose of the sewer hookups and a response card to send back to the health department detailing if the property owners are in process of connecting or not yet connected.
Getting Clinton Township residents connected to the city sewer is a process which has been ongoing for nearly two years. Ohio Administrative Code 3701-29-02, pertaining to sewage disposal requirements, states that “no household sewage disposal system shall be installed, maintained or operated on property accessible to a sanitary sewerage system.” It also states that a household sewage disposal system shall be abandoned and the house sewer be directly connected to the sewerage system when it becomes accessible.
“We’ve been working with the City of Mount Vernon and with Clinton Water and Sewer District for a few years on informing the township residents of the need to get them hooked up,” said Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller in a meeting Monday with Overholt and John Holland, President of CWSD.