Gov. John N. Dalton met yesterday with officials fending over Northern Virginia's new regional sewage treatment plant for a discussion that was later described as "very congential."
Despite the announced objections of Prince William County to hooking up to the Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority treatment plant on the scheduled June 26 start-up date, the discussion was limited to a request for financial aid, according to State Sen. Charles Colgan (D-Prince William).
Colgan said he briefed the governor on the history of the project and requested $2 million in aid to correct inflow and infiltration problems. Leaking sewer mains in Prince William County allow groundwater to enter the system. This water must then be treated as sewage, adding to the water and sewer bills of homeowners.
State Water Control Board officials said at the meeting they they would give full attention to the request, but gave no assurances that the money would be approved, Colgan said.
Colgan said that he was convinced that Gov. Dalton and SWCB officials "would not buy" attempts by Prince William County to change policies designed to protect the Occoquan Reservor, source of drinking water for 600,000 Northern Virginians.
Prince William County has asked for a hearing on June 27 before the SWCB and is seeking an extension or renewal of its own sewage plant's operating permit.