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Mystery liquid prevalent in Jones Twp. backyards

August 5, 2014

Photo By Richie Lecker Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Specialist Don Hanna collects water samples to test for the presence of fecal coliform along Marvin Street in Jones Township.

JONES TWP. – Homeowners along Marvin Street in Wilcox have been concerned about the presence of a fowl smelling brown liquid in their yards which they think might be sewage.
A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection water quality specialist visited the problem area along Marvin Street Tuesday morning following multiple complaints by residents. The DEP specialist was joined on the scene by Sewage Enforcement Officer Russ Braun, Jones Township Supervisor Laurie Storrar, Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg, and several concerned homeowners in the area.
Sue Solario, the owner of one of the affected homes, said that she first noticed the problem in her yard, which was the main area of investigation, on May 8 when she pulled her vehicle into her yard to help her daughter move home from college. She had noticed on that day that her car sank into the ground, and she then noticed the suspicious liquid.

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