MOUNT VERNON — Approval was granted for a private water system variance by the Knox County Board of Health when it met in special session this morning at the Knox County Health Department.
Environmental health director Nate Overholt called the meeting to allow the variance after a water well ran dry Sunday at the residence of Kim McMullen, 2885 Aspen Road, Frazeysburg. Overholt explained that under normal conditions, an emergency well can be drilled before the finalizing of proper permits as long as permits are submitted within three days. But a concern arose when it was discovered by representatives of Keen Well and Pump Co. there were geothermal lines located within a 25-foot parameter of the proposed drilling site.
Health department sanitarian Jim Fridrich inspected the site Wednesday and determined that there were no other locations possible for the drilling due to steep slopes at the site. Although there was concern expressed of aquifer contamination should there ever be any leakage, Overholt said that with proper installation and sealing there should not be any problems.
The board gave its unanimous approval for the variance.
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