Toledo Water Agreement – Is it Good?

The City of Toledo’s mayor and administration sent to their city council an ordinance asking for approval for the mayor to sign a new water agreement with the suburbs.

This agreement called the “Uniform Water Purchase and Supply Agreement” would sell water to the eight contract communities with existing expiring contracts. Seven of these entities would transition to a wholesale water rate formula for purchases over eight years. (The sole exception is Lucas County who would transition its rates similar to Toledo using a “retail-cost of operation” basis).

Is This A Good Agreement?

Yes and no, would be my answer, for now.

Yes, in that it reduces ongoing costs that are reflected in wholesale (cost-of-treating) water expenses. Prior to this, all contracts included water rates that were calculated using retail as well as wholesale expenses. Retail is the cost to serve the treatment and delivery of water from the water plant directly to the consumer’s tap. Examples of these expenses include the cost to cover meter-reading, billing, collection and customer service. Such expenses will no longer be charged to wholesale purchases since these services are no longer needed from Toledo. The buyers of wholesale water will provide these services and incur these costs when they calculate their own local charges which are included in the distribution or operation and maintenance (O&M) rates.  Besides changes in the rate formula, we would have a seat on the new Regional Water Commission with oversight of rates and capital project budgeting.

No, because in our Toledo water service area, we currently have five different contract areas, with differing rates and these rates will be adjusted up or down over the next eight years.  While we prefer a shorter transition, this is what was negotiated with the City of Toledo and other contracting communities.  The impact of these new rates will vary depending upon our customer’s contract areas.  Some will see increasing rates and some will see stable or decreasing rates over the transition period.   Regardless all contracts will include the $500 million investment in the City of Toledo water treatment system and the debt will be equitably distributed among all customers, including those in Whitehouse, Lucas County, Maumee, Perrysburg, Fulton County, Monroe County, and Perrysburg.

In addition to the change in the formula for water rates, Toledo insists on leaving an economic development paragraph in the contract which requires income tax-sharing from our area’s governments (who already had such agreements in place). So, besides the changes in rate calculation (and loss of the higher discounts), the tax-sharing is a new requirement not seen before. This tax-sharing issue is a difficult issue for us as we cannot commit tax-sharing for our other contract communities.

What’s Next

Toledo hopes to approve this agreement on September 5th. The 8 adjacent buyers will review it soon thereafter. The District will be hosting a public forum on this and other alternatives on Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the US Rt. 20 Comfort Inn. Two speakers will outline the two primary options for our board and public. All are invited, but please call ahead for seating reservations and any special accommodation needs.

Our board will likely decide mid-late fall 2019 since our contract(s) expire 2024, just a few years away!

Jerry Greiner

President

August 19, 2019

Five years ago today…

This year marks the five-year anniversary of the “Do Not Drink Tap Water Advisory” for people in the City of Toledo’s water service area.  In the early morning hours of August 2, 2014, around 400,000 residents in Northwestern Ohio woke up to hear from the local media that they should not drink tap water supplied by the city’s treatment plant due to contamination concerns associated with a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) in Lake Erie.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District supplies around 6,500 customers in Northern Wood County with water treated at Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.  When we received notification from the City regarding the contaminated water, The District moved quickly to offer free drinking water from our WaterShed at our Middleton Pike location, which uses water treated by the City of Bowling Green.  The District also provided bottled water and advised people to use water from surrounding water systems that were not impacted by the “Do Not Drink Tap Water Advisory.”

The District, along with countless other municipal water distributors and treatment agencies locally and across our nation, learned much as a result of this water crisis.  The City of Toledo has invested $350 million in improvements to The Collins Park Treatment Plant, and it has improved outreach to the public and to its suburban partners that purchase treated water from Toledo.  National and local research continues to look into the complex causes of HABs and the effects they can have on water supplies.  All of this has improved our water quality in Northwest Ohio, and our ability to respond to HAB threats.

But HABs still exist in Lake Erie, and so does the fear of another “Do Not Drink Advisory”.   As a precaution, The District has taken many steps to increase redundancy throughout our entire water distribution system, regardless of who supplies your water.

Because we distribute water from various municipal sources including Bowling Green, Oregon, Toledo, Fostoria, and the Village of McComb, The District can offer water from a variety of sources at our WaterShed locations spread throughout our service area.  If another emergency does occur, we can deactivate the purification units to supply tap water in select locations not impacted by HAB’s.

With all these steps taken, we know there is still concern regarding water quality during HAB season.  Here are a few things all of us can do to prepare for water emergencies.

If you are concerned about HABs:

  1. Know where your water comes from. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!
  2. Sign up HEREfor emergency notifications. Please be sure your information is updated.
  3. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends you keep a supply of water for all types of disaster. LIST OF ITEMS FOR EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

 

Jerry Greiner

Boil Notice: Santus Drive & Glenwood Boulevard in Rossford

This morning, District crews are repairing a water leak in Rossford impacting residents on Santus Drive and businesses on Glenwood Boulevard.  Effective immediately, through approximately 3 pm, residents in this area may experience short-term water service outages.  Additionally, effective immediately through Sunday, August 4 at 8 am, this area will be under a boil notice unless otherwise notified.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT TO DO WHEN A BOIL ADVISORY IS ISSUED

 

H20 Toasting to the New WaterShed in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) is proud to announce the opening of its eleventh WaterShed location in Northwest Ohio.   The District, the Wood County Commissioners, and clean-water partners Industrial Fluid Management celebrated the opening of the second Bowling Green WaterShed with a “toast” to clean water.

The new WaterShed is located at 989 South Main Street in Bowling Green, between the Pagliai’s Pizza and the Work Leads to Independence buildings.

To mark the occasion, The District is declaring today “WaterShed Wednesday” at the new South Main Street location.  Please bring your own bottles and containers to fill up for free!

A WaterShed is a stand-alone building owned by The District that houses a reverse-osmosis, 9-step water treatment system and provides perfect tasting purified drinking water at a low price.  Cost is 25 cents per gallon or a dollar for five gallons.

A decade ago, The District began building WaterSheds as an alternative source of drinking water for residents in rural Wood County on private well systems with poor water quality.

According to District President Jerry Greiner, “We’ve discovered that even though there are high-quality public water systems, there is a demand for water with additional filtration at a low cost, especially for those who drink well water.  We chose this location based upon the success of most our popular WaterShed location on Poe Road.”

This year, total WaterShed sales reached the $1.4 million mark.  The income is used to maintain the properties and then invested back into The District’s operational budget.

https://www.nwwsd.org/who-we-are/services/watershed-locations/

District Merger Update

District Merger Update
Henry County Regional Water and Sewer and
Northwestern Water and Sewer District

In the last two weeks, both our District and the Board of Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District have agreed to study the merits of a merger between our two districts.  This would be done to improve the efficiency and operations of the HCRWSD as well as expand the service area of The Northwestern Water and Sewer District.

What happens next?

An operations agreement is under review and discussion between the two parties.  It will outline the scope and terms of operations during the next 60-90 days while the merger is being finalized.

Specifically, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is already involved in field operations, performing restoration work and hydrant repairs.  Our Geographic Information System (GIS) crew has been identifying and locating above and below ground fixtures such as fire hydrants, valves as well as water and sewer taps.  This will provide accurate maps and electronic field data for our field crews for emergencies and everyday operations.  This is extremely helpful to our staff and helps deliver quality service to our customers.

Billing and customer service details are still being resolved.  Henry County has been working under contract with an individual who processes their billing.  It would be the preference of the parties to extend this arrangement to continue “business as normal” for most customer needs.

In time, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will assume these duties.  Our billing software and meter reading capabilities will greatly improve customer service capabilities.  For example, our AquaHawk service will allow customers to view daily water use online and to set up text alerts for possible leaks or high use.  It also allows our staff to monitor possible leaks.  The Northwestern Water and Sewer District also uses the Code Red Notification system.  This automated calling system informs our customers of water-related issues, such as boil notices or other water emergencies.

Letters, emails and press releases, as well as social media will be used to inform customers about this merger as details are worked out.  You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter @nwwsd.  Information will also be posted on our website www.nwwsd.org.

This merger is a great opportunity for The Northwestern Water and Sewer District to serve a larger area and improve operations for customers in Henry County.

Jerry Greiner

President
Northwestern Water and Sewer District

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Reminder: The District office will be closed on Thursday July 4, 2019 for Independence Day.

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement
Through June, lane restrictions and short-term closures are possible at the intersection of Bond and Liberty Streets for restoration.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $490,000.

Northwood/Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project *PROJECT COMPLETE*
The lead service line removal project in Rossford and Northwood is now complete. Project investment: $900,000.

Northwood/Perrysburg & Lake Townships – Water Main Installation
Through July, lane restrictions are possible at Tracy and McNerney Roads for water main installation.  Additionally, at this time, lane restrictions are possible at the intersection of Oregon Road and Caple Boulevard.  Project complete: July.  Project investment: $155,000.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Through June, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for restoration.  Project complete: June.  Project investment: $998,000.

Rossford – Sewer Lining Project
Through July, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: July. Project investment: $767,000.

District Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through October, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Wood County.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: http://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Approves Merger with the Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) Board of Trustees today unanimously approved a resolution to begin the merger process with the Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District (HCRWSD).  The decision was instigated by The Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District, based upon the costs of keeping up with increasing state and federal regulations and lack of resources to maintain a quality system.

Longtime District Board Member John Cheney said, ”The Northwestern Water and Sewer District prides itself on improving water and sewer infrastructure in Northwestern Ohio, especially in rural communities that face the challenge of increasing costs and regulations to provide clean, safe water.”

According to HCRWSD Treasurer, Amy Behrman, “Over the past several months, we’ve realized operating funds were insufficient and the HCRWSD was unable to generate cash for repairs or make payments on our loans.”

The HCRWSD board felt it was in the best interest of its customers to move forward with the merge.   Henry County Commissioner, Glenn Miller attended today’s District board meeting to support the merger.  According to Miller “I believe merging makes sense, it’s a positive for the citizens of Henry County as well as The Northwestern Water and Sewer District.”

The Next Steps
The HCRWSD and The District are currently in the process of negotiating a temporary agreement for assuming operations and billing.   Both districts aim to reach this agreement as soon as possible.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is also in the process of reviewing the HCRWSD’s assets and billing practices. This review process could take up to three months.  The District will also determine board representation from the Henry County area.  

Upon completion of this review, a final agreement between the districts would be signed and The Northwestern Water and Sewer District would maintain and operate the system.

25 years ago, The District was formed by the Wood County Commissioners to regionalize the resources needed to maintain public water and sewer infrastructure.  The District was formed because of the need to share operation and maintenance costs.

Since 1994, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has grown from serving 5,000 customers in Wood County to serving over 19,800 residential and industrial customers in Wood, Hancock and Sandusky Counties.

The Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District provides water to 485 customers and 358 sewer customers.  The HCRWSD service area includes most townships in Henry County, with the exception of Ridgeville Township, and serves Providence Township in Lucas County.

District Project Update

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement
Through June, lane restrictions and short-term closures are possible at the intersection of Bond and Liberty Streets for restoration.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $490,000.

Northwood/Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project
Through June, lane restrictions are possible in Rossford and Northwood for restoration.  Project complete: June.  Project investment: $900,000.

Northwood/Perrysburg & Lake Townships – Water Main Installation
Through July, lane restrictions are possible at Tracy and McNerney Roads for water main installation.  Additionally, at this time, lane restrictions are possible at the intersection of Oregon Road and Caple Boulevard.  Project complete: July.  Project investment: $155,000.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Through June, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for restoration.  Project complete: June.  Project investment: $998,000.

Rossford – Sewer Lining Project
Through June, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: July. Project investment: $767,000.

District Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through October, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Wood County.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: http://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/

 

District Project Update

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Reminder: The District office will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.   

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements *UPDATE*
Through June, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for restoration.  Project complete: June.  Project investment: $998,000.

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement *UPDATE*
Through June, lane restrictions and short-term closures are possible at the intersection of Bond and Liberty Streets for restoration.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $490,000,

Northwood/Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project *UPDATE*
Through June, lane restrictions are possible in Rossford and Northwood for restoration.  Project complete: June.  Project investment: $900,000.

Northwood/Perrysburg & Lake Townships – Water Main Installation
Through July, lane restrictions are possible at Tracy and McNerney Roads for water main installation.  Additionally, at this time, lane restrictions are possible at the intersection of Oregon Road and Caple Boulevard.  Project complete: July.  Project investment: $155,000.

Rossford – Sewer Lining Project
Through June, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: July. Project investment: $767,000.

District Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through October, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Wood County.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: http://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/

“Talk About AquaHawk for Hens Tickets” Sweepstakes Rules

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) “Talk about AquaHawk and Win Hens Tickets.”

Official Sweepstakes Rules and Regulations

No purchase necessary.

The “Talk about AquaHawk and Win Hens Tickets” is sponsored by The Northwestern Sewer District.  This sweepstakes is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements and understands that the results of the sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor, not Facebook.

  1. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1.1 Sweepstakes Period:

The District “Hawks for Hens (“Sweepstakes) will begin on Tuesday, May 21 at 12 p.m. EST and end on Monday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m.

1.2 Sweepstakes Entry and Entry Limits:

To enter the Sweepstakes, entrants must do one of the following:

Entry

To enter, “like’ our post and comment on our Facebook post about why you like AquaHawk.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AQUAHAWK.

You may also register by emailing your comments to: publicinfo@nwwsd.org

Restrictions

Only entries made or received before the end of the Sweepstakes Period will be eligible to win the prize (defined below). You must be a District customer or live in a household served by The District to enter.  District employees their family members are not eligible.  Entrants must be permanent legal U.S. residents in the state of Ohio and residing therein and who are 18 or older on the date of entry.  Void outside Ohio and where prohibited by law.

By entering the Sweepstakes, you represent and warrant that you have read and accepted these Rules and Regulations, and understand that you may be contacted by the Sweepstakes Sponsor for the sole purpose of informing you that you are the winner and how to receive your prize. The use of any device and/or software to automate the entry process is prohibited.

1.3 Awarding of Prize:

Subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Sweepstakes, customers register for an AquaHawk account or have a previously established AquaHawk account and like the “Hawk for Hens” Facebook post.

  1. PRIZES

2.1 Prizes:

There will be a total of 1 random drawing producing one (1) winner of one (1) prize each per the Sweepstakes Period. The total value of the prize consists of 4 (4) tickets to the Toledo Mud Hens vs. Charlotte on Sunday, June 2 at 1:05pm. Seats are located Section 117, Row H, Seats 5-8 (the “Prize” or “Prizes”). The tickets are not redeemable for cash or change.

No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent for Prizes, except that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may substitute a Prize for one of equal value. Limit ONE (1) Prize per person/household/per sweepstakes. Winners are solely responsible for all costs, incidentals, and any other expenses not specifically mentioned as being included.   All federal, state and other tax liabilities are the sole responsibility of the winner. The Prize must be accepted as awarded. No substitution or transfers of the Prize will be allowed.

2.2 Prize Draw:

Random draws for the Prizes will take place on the first-day business following the sweepstakes period.

Sweepstakes Start                           Sweepstakes End                             Sweepstakes Drawing

May 21, 2019                                      May 27, 2019                                      May 28, 2019

Drawings shall take place on May 28, 2019 at approximately 2pm (EST) at the offices of The District.  The draw will be carried out by the Sweepstakes Sponsor, the judge of this Sweepstakes, whose decisions are final and binding. All of the eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes period will be subject to a computerized random draw to select the potential winners. Within two (2) days following the Sweepstakes Drawing Date, the Sweepstakes Sponsor will contact the potential via Facebook, and request information via Facebook messenger.  Should the potential winner not reply to Sweepstakes Sponsor via messenger within (2) business days, or the potential winner does not otherwise comply with the Sweepstakes requirements, that potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited any rights to his or her Prize and Sweepstakes Sponsor will have the right to select an alternate potential winner from among the remaining eligible entries. Before being officially declared a sweepstakes winner, a selected entry must be verified by Sweepstakes Sponsor. Sweepstakes Sponsor reserves the right to require proof of age and compliance with these Official Sweepstakes Rules prior to awarding any Prize. The Sweepstakes Sponsor retains the right, in its absolute discretion, to make substitutions of equivalent kind or value in the event of the unavailability of the Prize for any reason. The decisions of Sweepstakes Sponsor on all issues relating to the Sweepstakes will be final and binding on all entrants.

2.4 Claiming the prize:

Winners must respond via Facebook messenger in order to claim the Prize.  Once contacted, the winner can arrange to pick up the tickets either at The Mud Hens Will Call office or at The Northwestern Water and Sewer District main headquarters.

2.4 Odds:

The exact odds of being randomly selected for a potential winning depends on the total number of comments and likes received during the Sweepstakes period.

  1. GENERAL RULES

3.1

All Prize claims are subject to verification by the Sweepstakes Sponsor and/or its designated representatives.

3.2

The Sweepstakes is open to all, except employees of, a member of the immediate family of an employee of The District, or retiree of, or domiciled with an employee of, or any of its subsidiary companies, event venue staff, retailers, franchisees, agents, associates, dealers, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies.

3.3

Participants must both “like” and comment on the facebook post or send their comment to publicinfo@nwwsd.org.  Only one comment per household will be accepted.  Any attempted form of entry other than as described herein is void.

3.4

The District will be the sole and final reference source in validating the Prize claim.

3.5

All entries become the property of The District Neither The District nor any organization involved in organizing the Sweepstakes shall be responsible for any Sweepstakes documentation that is unreadable, illegible, incomplete, lost, stolen, misdirected, not received, destroyed, or delayed for any reason whatsoever.

3.6

The District is not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links, the loss or nonexistence of communications capability, or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that render a Sweepstakes entrant ineligible for the Sweepstakes. The District is also not liable for any damage or loss that may be caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the downloading of any software or form or the transmission of any information with regard to entering the Sweepstakes.

3.7

Any personal information supplied by entrants to Sweepstakes Sponsor or its affiliates will be subject to Sweepstakes Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Thus, except where prohibited by law: one (1) entry and/or a winner’s acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Sponsor to use a winner’s name/address (city and state), photo, likeness, biographical information, statement, voice for advertising/publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media (including posting on www.nwwsd.org), in perpetuity, without further notice to or compensation in connection with said Sweepstakes or the prize awarded and (2) Sweepstakes Sponsor has the right to modify, edit, adapt, electronically alter, use, assign and/or dispose of such Entries and/or Surveys however it sees fit and for any purpose without any notice or compensation to entrant or any third parties.

3.8

The District reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or suspend this sweepstakes, at its sole discretion, in the event a computer virus or bug, unauthorized human intervention, or any other occurrence beyond their control which corrupts or adversely affects the administration, security, or normal operation of the Sweepstakes.

3.9

By entering, Sweepstakes entrants agree to abide by the Sweepstakes Rules and Regulations and the decisions of The District which is final. The District will not be responsible for cash register tapes lost or destroyed. The District reserves the right to change or alter any of the Sweepstakes Rules and Regulations or to cancel the Sweepstakes at any time.

3.10

By participating in the Sweepstakes, participants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless The District. and its parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries, as well as any advertising companies, promotion agencies, or other individuals engaged in the development or execution of this Sweepstakes from any liability, claims, losses, and damages arising out of or relating to their participation in this Sweepstakes or the acceptance, use, misuse, or possession of any Prize received in this Sweepstakes. Furthermore, each winner agrees to sign a liability waiver form to this effect. The liability waiver will also include an authorization to use the winner’s name for advertising purposes.

To request a list of winners or for any other questions regarding this Sweepstakes, contact:

The District

12560 Middleton Pike

Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Phone: 419-354-9090