Posted: Sep 16, 2010 7:36 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Wakonda Hills subdivision in Monument has been waiting over ten years to have a working septic system and clean drinking water.
Over one hundred and fifty homes were affected by failing septic systems. For years, sewage seeped from the ground and entered some resident wells. The problem was so extreme that one home owner could not even use his house for five years due to the problem.
It took two million dollars of federal grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to get the project completed. If the problem had not been solved, water could have potentially contaminated all water streams leading to the Arkansas River.
"Effluent from the septic systems eventually gets to a little tributary back here, which gets to Crystal Creek, which gets to Monument Creek, then to Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River. So, it helps clean-up the water shed from things, such as E. coli, fecal coliforms," said Manager Michael Wicklund from the Monument Sanitation Division.
Governor Bill Ritter was there to tour the site and celebrate the good use of federal funds for resolving serious public health issues. "This serves as an example of how Recovery Act dollars have been and are being spent in this state," he said.
Multiple residents who benefited from the project shared their thanks for receiving the Recovery Act's dollars to fund the sewage systems completion.
Once again, all waterways leading down to the Arkansas River are safe and clear.