Waste water projects in Warren Township are raising major health concerns

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Septic systems in Warren Township are failing, causing sewage to discharge into the Mahoning River.

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Septic systems in Warren Township are failing, causing sewage to discharge into the Mahoning River.

“It is a problem that needs addressed and it is a threat to the public health,” said Gary Newbrough, sanitary engineer for Trumbull County.

County engineers are working to render the threat powerless but are finding themselves at a disadvantage.

The Leavittsburg dam is one of 13 in the Mahoning Valley scheduled for removal.

If the dam comes down before the septic system is repaired, the sewage problem will find it’s way to dry ground.

Township residents were less than thrilled to learn the news.

“That’s really nasty,” said Jeannine Brunbaugh, township resident. “They need to just leave things the way they are,” she said.

Newbrough tells 21 News the situation would be a major health hazard.

“It’s just bad for the natural environment to have a source of bacterial, harmful bacteria in the water ways,” Newbrough said.

The septic system project has yet to begin, frustrating township officials.

“I don’t see any, commitment that we’d really like to have and have it be a shovel ready project so we can get this done,” said Warren Township Trustee Edward Anthony. “Because the timetable is not good on our end,” he said.

Trumbull County Metro Parks tells 21 News they can’t push the dam project back because they have a limited time to spend grant money for the project.

They’re currently still working on the design and securing documents but will begin their project late 2023 or early 2024.

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