Ohio Civil Rights Commission Say Water Issue In Muskingum County Is Racial Discrimination

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 05:39 AM
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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission announced this week that a failure to provide water service to parts of Muskingum County is racial discrimination. The issue stems from a lack of water service in the Coal Run Road area of the county. The Civil Rights Commission says most of the white families that live in that area have water service, while black families do not. The Commission ruled that the disparity is the result of "unlawful discriminatory practice." The Commission, in its report, pointed the finger at the city of Zanesville, Muskingum County Commissioners, Washington Township Trustees and the East Muskingum Water Authoritiy. The orignial complaint was filed back in July of 2002. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state will work with the families without water to extend service. If a compromise cannot be struck, the Ohio Attorney General's office could file a lawsuit alleging civil-rights violations and seek damages. Commissioner Ed Kenily says his office is working to extend water to that area and it's not racial discrimination."

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