By Dwain W. Penn
The financial sword of Damocles fell upon the Concord water department at the Aug. 11 meeting of council. City maintenance superintendent Doug Neath said the city was fined by the Environmental Protection Department July 15 for violation of the minimum dissolved oxygen content for the south water treatment pond. The city has 30 days to submit a corrective action plan which eventually will cost over $100,000.
An aerator pushes away duck-weed at Zebulon’s water treatment pond off Highway 18. By next July, Concord must install an aerator at a cost of $20,000.