BY RAY SCHAEFER
HARLAN TOWNSHIP -- Leaders in Butlerville and Pleasant Plain want to know if a small regional sewer treatment plant can be built at a reasonable cost. PDR Engineers Inc. of Roselawn is studying a 5-square-mile area of southeast Warren County that includes Butlerville, Pleasant Plain and a portion of Harlan Township, plus sections of Clermont and Clinton counties. PDR Vice President John Allen said it would take three months.
"I think it would be in the interest of the township to do this study," Harlan Township Trustee John Kilburn said.
According to Mr. Allen, there are three options: Build a regional plant to include the entire area, tie the entire area into existing sewer systems in Clermont County or build a small treatment plant to service just Butlerville and Pleasant Plain.
On Wednesday, Mr. Allen told Harlan Township trustees a regional treatment system could work and could be funded with a mixture of grants and low-interest loans.
"The more customers you have, the lower the cost," he said. But Trustee Bob Curran said many people can't afford or may not want to give up their septic systems or holding tanks, even though it can cost up to $85 each time to pump the waste out of them.