09 December 2014
Part one of this article, which ran last week, discussed Aqua Virginia’s high rates, corporate profits, run-ins with the community, and history within Lake Monticello.
Imagine being unable to sit on your front porch on a summer evening – or host a cook out – or open your windows on a fresh spring day. For some residents of Lake Monticello, this is reality. Living in homes within Aqua Virginia’s “aroma zone,” as one local real estate agent calls it, has made it nearly impossible for them to do any of those things without being inundated with the stink of sewage.
“The treatment plant [on Rt. 600] has serious odor problems,” said Mike Harrison, treasurer of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors, “and especially in the summertime, the odors will waft up the face of the dam and inundate the houses up there on the hill.”
Not only that, but there are four sewer lift stations within Lake Monticello, and one in particular, on Jefferson Drive near Glen Burnie Road, smells so bad that Lake resident Virginia Stromberg, who lives just up the road, wants to sell her house and get out of there.