MOUNT VERNON — For the past 25 years or so, the Knox County Fairgrounds has supplemented its water supply during the fair with water from Mount Vernon Academy, which comes from the school’s well.
The county has two wells on the fairgrounds, but they don’t produce enough water to supply fair week, so the deal was worked out to get water from the academy, which in turn has been able to use the fairgrounds for some of its events. Water from the fairgrounds wells is chlorinated and the Health Department tests the wells regularly.
Mayor Richard Mavis said that deal was worked out when he was a county commissioner and has worked well, but now the EPA is pressuring the academy to connect to Mount Vernon’s water system because of contaminants found in the school’s well water.
Since the academy wouldn’t be able to supplement the fairgrounds any longer, the city would have to run a line from the main on Wooster Road over to the east entrance to the fairgrounds.
City Engineer Cameron Keaton met with EPA representatives this week to discuss the issue. The project would actually fit in with tentative plans the city has for creating a loop from Wooster Road to Mansfield Road.
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