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December 16, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Ohio neighborhood awarded millions in water dispute
(2008-07-11)
(WOUB) - One lawyer involved calls the verdict
unique among civil rights cases.

Residents of a mostly black neighborhood near Zanesville, Ohio, have been awarded almost 11 million dollars by a jury that decided they were denied public water service for decades because of racial
discrimination.

The 67 residents will get from $15,000 to $300,000, depending on how long they lived there.

The neighborhood, known as Coal Run, got water lines in 1956, but no service until 2003. The plaintiffs argued it was racially motivated.

But a founding member of the water authority says they "walked up and down Coal Run Road to get people signed up, and
nobody would do it."

The city, county, and East Muskingum Water Authority all deny discrimination.

The city plans to appeal.
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