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Editor acts as judge and jury for Harrison water dispute
Written by Joe Awad   
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:37 PM

Second of three  parts, Analysis - Joe Awad

The water war between the city of Harrison and Greater Cincinnati Water Works is not short on drama. After 12 hours of testimony and scads of legal documents, I pity the judge who must make the decision of who will provide water service to three disputed areas. Or perhaps I envy her. After all, it is, to use the pat phrase, a precedent-setting case.

A Harrison victory will, at  minimum, create a ripple effect throughout Ohio and perhaps the nation. It might even result in a tidal wave. The common practice throughout the country is for the county of standing to provide water to its unincorporated areas, but Harrison contends Hamilton County has no such privilege because it essentially provides no water to anyone.

If I were Municipal Court Judge Jody M. Luebbers, I would narrow down the messy battle to these five essential questions, in tandem with narrow prodding: