The EADS Group has badly served the city of Johnstown by recommending that instead of smoke or die testing, both of which are approved by the state, pressure testing of sewer lines be required.
The problem was surface water getting into the sewer system from street drains and downspouts. By eliminating both of these issues, over 95 percent of infiltrating water would be eliminated.
The cost of replacing lines inside homes will result in the homeowners of Johnstown spending millions of dollars that are not necessary to achieve the state mandate that the overflow at Dornick Point be eliminated.
In addition, there will be hundreds of homes just abandoned because the owners cannot afford this unnecessary expense.
The EADS Group has said that there were three ways to eliminate the overflow at Dornick Point:
-- Increase capacity
-- Build holding tanks
-- Reduce infiltration
EADS thinks that only one approach will work. I believe that by eliminating street drains and downspouts, the maximum flow into the system would be well below the current capacity at Dornick Point. If there are still capacity issues, then a small increase in capacity would cost far less that the present plan.
The effort by the city to achieve a system where not one drop of surface water is entering the system is both impossible to achieve and far too expensive for city homeowners.
It is up to council to amend this ordnance. If council will not do that, then the people need to change council.
We need to protect our children
I watched two programs that WJAC-TV aired concerning our area’s drug abuse crisis.
It alarms me that so many of our precious young ones are ruining their lives before they have had the opportunity to experience the blessings afforded them and to make their contributions to society.
Children today have so many dangers facing them in their young lives – abuse, molestation, bullying, abduction, drugs, tobacco and alcohol use.
When I was growing up, I was taught and warned not to lie, cheat or steal and to not use tobacco or alcohol. That was basic.
Our children, through early intervention, must be taught that these things will not be tolerated.
Where do we start?
An article, “Free parenting workshops available,” was printed in The Tribune-Democrat. This sounds like a start. Everyone must be encouraged to attend and participate.
Input, and output, from parents, families, schools, congregations and, yes, businesses is needed. The seminars must be presented in all areas and repeated as needed.
We are all in this together. We are a community. Children are our here and now. They are our future. We need to protect, support, encourage and love them. They are our God-given trust.
Psalms 127:13: Children are a gift from God. They are a blessing.