Enjoy a Safe Summer with These Water Tips

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – Planning a summer barbeque for the Fourth of July? Besides following the CDC’s guidelines for physical distance and sanitizing, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has a few tips to keep anything water-related from spoiling the party.

Worry about one less thing with online billing.

Don’t let worrying about making bill payments on time interfere with your summer fun. On our website, NWWSD.org, you can pay via credit card or set up recurring payments so your bill is automatically paid every month. You can also sign up for e-billing to receive email or text alerts when your bill is due.

You can also track your water usage daily, and even hourly, when you sign up for our AquaHawk monitoring system.  Most customers use more water in the summer. By knowing when your usage is occurring, you can take control of your costs.  Sign up here.

Stay healthy by properly hydrating.

Proper hydration is absolutely essential for our overall health and is especially important during the hot and humid days of summer. Dehydration can be dangerous and cause muscle cramps, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fainting.

Have your own reusable water bottle on hand for any summertime gatherings. This not only minimizes waste but will encourage you to get the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.  Besides enjoying tap water, some enjoy our WaterShed water.  Click here for locations.

If you’ll be enjoying some adult beverages or participating in any physical activity, you’ll need to hydrate even more.  More on how to stay hydrated.

Make sure your outdoor water fixtures are safe.

Taking a drink of water from a garden hose on a hot summer day may be a fond childhood memory. But in reality, most outdoor faucets and garden hoses aren’t meant to be used for drinking water.

While using your hose to water plants, fill water balloons, or run your sprinkler are all great ideas, most don’t meet the safety standards required for drinking water. They can contain lead or be made from materials that leach chemicals into the water.

However, there are faucets and garden hoses that are safe to drink from if maintained properly. If your garden hose or outdoor faucet is NSF/ANSI 61 or NSF/ANSI 372 certified, it means the products meet certain safety standards to be used for drinking water. Learn more about what these certifications mean.

You may also want to consider installing a backflow preventer on your outdoor spigots. Learn more about The District’s backflow program here.

A simple tip to keep ice edible.

Coolers full of drinks and ice are a summertime staple. But there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the safety of ice.

Bagged ice is considered a food product and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ice manufacturers must produce, hold, and transport ice in clean and sanitary conditions and use clean, safe water to make their product.

However, once you dump that bag into a cooler full of food or drinks, or someone at your party goes elbow deep in search of a cold drink, the ice is no longer safe to consume.

It’s best to have a separate cooler designated for ice that goes in drinks. Clean and sanitize the cooler before adding ice and use a clean scoop or pair of tongs to grab ice to add to drinks.

When it comes to the ice in your refrigerator, the high quality, great-tasting tap water delivered to your house is great for making ice. If you have an automatic ice cube maker, keep in mind that the quality of the ice will depend on how often you clean and maintain it.

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District Project Update

Perrysburg Township: Ampoint Industrial Park Waterline Replacement
Through August, lane restrictions will be possible throughout Aimpoint Industrial Park and on Third Street, between Glenwood Road and D Street for waterline replacement.  Project complete:  August.  Project investment: $994,000

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through December, lane restrictions will be possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, west of 75, and south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Rossford: Waterline Replacement *NEW PROJECT*
Effective the week of July 13 through August, expect lane restrictions on Santus Drive, Valley Drive, and on Glenwood Road in Rossford.  Project complete: October.  Project Investment: $1.5 million.

Rossford – Tree Streets Waterline Replacement
Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Maple Street, Oak Street, Walnut Street, and Superior Street for waterline replacement, installation of new hydrants, and meter pits.  Project complete: September. Project investment $740,000.

Rossford – Dixie Highway Sewer Rehabilitation
Through July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Dixie Highway from Colony Road to Vineyard Drive for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete: July. Project investment: $150,000.

Rossford – Lime City Road Waterline Replacement
Through July, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Lime City Road between Dixie Highway and Marilyn Drive for waterline replacement.   Through July, lane restrictions are possible on Schreier Road near Lime City Road for waterline replacement.  Project complete:  July.  Project investment: $770,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement
Through July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for restoration work.  Project complete: July. Project investment: $1.2 million.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing *UPDATE*
Through June, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Perrysburg Township.  Effective the week of July 6, through July crews will be flushing hydrants in Northwood.  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/

Meeting Notice: District Board of Trustees Teleconference Information

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call.

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:

Webinar: On Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water during this crisis. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

Conservation Contest

At The Northwestern Water and Sewer District, we support the conservation efforts of our water to improve quality and protect our water sources.  At The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, conservation programs better the lives of animals and ecosystems. We are excited to be giving away two Family memberships to the Toledo Zoo in our Facebook “Conservation Contest”.

ENTER ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

LOOKING FOR HINTS???
TYPE OF FISH HINTS: In the 1800s, these fish were abundant in this local river, however, the demand for caviar along with commercial overfishing caused the population to decline and ultimately disappear.  These fish are currently one of the most threatened species in the Great Lakes. The oldest and largest fish in the Great Lakes, these fish have a life span of 50 to 150 years, can grow to be more than six feet long and, weigh up to 200 lbs.

Although canceled this year due to Covid-19, the Zoo and biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service typically release these young fish into the water each fall near Walbridge Park.  MORE HINTS

NAME OF RIVER HINTS:  This river serves as the water source for Bowling Green and several townships in Wood County.  It’s the largest river in Northwest Ohio and starts in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Grand Rapids, Rossford, and Toledo are cities found along this river.

CONTEST INFO: RULES AND REGULATIONS
Entry
To enter, like our Facebook post about the “Conservation Contest” and comment the correct fill in the blank answers.  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.

Annual Water Quality Reports

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – At The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) there is nothing more important than providing our customers with safe, reliable water.

As part of this mission, every year we publicize our water quality reports.  In 1996, Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act by adding a provision requiring all community water systems to deliver a brief annual water quality report. The annual report is referred to as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).

Because The District distributes water from multiple sources, we issue a total of thirteen reports across Wood, Hancock, Henry, and Sandusky counties.  Note that the reports a summarize information for the previous calendar year. Therefore, the most recently released reports will list the previous year in their title.

CLICK HERE TO FIND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORTS FOR 2019

The CCR includes information on our source water (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers), the levels of any detected contaminants, compliance with drinking water rules, plus some educational material.

The CCR is developed in accordance with the EPA guidance document which explains all of the requirements for report content, format, and distribution.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Contact Emily Freeman at 419-354-9090 EX 156 or efreeman@nwwsd.org.

District Project Update

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 20,000 customers in Wood, Henry, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Rossford – Tree Streets Waterline Replacement
Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Maple Street, Oak Street, Walnut Street, and Superior Street for waterline replacement, installation of new hydrants, and meter pits.  Project complete: September. Project investment $740,000.

Rossford – Dixie Highway Sewer Rehabilitation
Through July, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Dixie Highway from Colony Road to Vineyard Drive for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete: July. Project investment: $150,000.

Rossford – Lime City Road Waterline Replacement
Through June, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Lime City Road between Dixie Highway and Marilyn Drive for waterline replacement.   Through June, lane restrictions are possible on Schreier Road near Lime City Road for waterline replacement.  Project complete:  July.  Project investment: $770,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement
Through June, lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on Eagle Point west of Colony Road for restoration work.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $1.2 million.

Perrysburg Township: Ampoint Industrial Park Waterline Replacement
Through June, 3rd Street, between Road J and D will be closed for waterline installation.  Detour: D Street; 1st Street; J Street.  Through August, lane restrictions will be possible throughout Aimpoint Industrial Park and on Third Street, between Glenwood Road and D Street for waterline replacement.  Project complete:  August.  Project investment: $994,000

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining *NEW PROJECT*
Through December, lane restrictions will be possible in Perrysburg Township north of SR 795, West of 75, south of the turnpike, for sewer rehabilitation.  Project complete:  February 2021.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing *UPDATE*
Effective today, through mid-July, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Perrysburg Township. 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/

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District Receives Distinguished Finance Award

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) announced today that it is the proud recipient of the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

Financial audits by Auditor of State Keith Faber have returned a clean audit report.   The Auditor’s Office presents the Auditor of State Award with Distinction to local governments upon the completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report.

  • The entity must file financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office by the statutory date, without extension, via the Hinkle System, on a GAPP accounting basis and prepare a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:
    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than the threshold per the Uniform Guidance
    • Lack of timely report submission
    • Bank reconciliation issues
    • Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit in accordance with Uniform Guidance
    • Findings for recovery of less than $500
    • Public meetings or public records issues

The official press release announcement and a full copy of the report is available at http://ohioauditor.gov/news/pressreleases/Details/5338

Meeting Notice: Board of Trustees Meeting Information

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call.

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:

Webinar/Zoom: On Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water during this crisis. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

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Our goal is to be the premier water and wastewater provider in Northwestern Ohio. We are committed to sound financial management, responsible environmental stewardship, responsive public service, superior customer service, and responsible economic growth.  We strive to field a skilled, respectful, and cooperative workforce dedicated to the highest professional and ethical standards; we support them with appropriate training and technology.

Theresa Pollick, Office: 419.354.9090 X 193, Cell: 419.806.1018; Email: tpollick@nwwsd.org

Be Water-wise Outdoors

Outdoors

Sprinkler Spruce Up

Irrigation system maintenance can help save you a lot of money and water. Hidden things like cracks in pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money. Follow these four simple steps to make sure your irrigation system is performing at its highest efficiency:Image about Sprucing up for outdoor sprinklers.

Inspect: Check your system for broken or clogged sprinkler heads. If you don’t feel confident in this area, hire a pro to make sure things are in order.

Connect: Check the connection points of the sprinkler heads to pipes or hoses. Pooling water indicates a leak in your system.  Even the smallest leak can waste thousands of gallons of water monthly

Direct: Ensure sprinklers and directed in the right way. Water should not be spraying onto your driveway house or sidewalks more so than plants and grass.

Select: Use an irrigation controller that can be scheduled for different weather patterns and seasons, to ensure you are not overwatering.

Check out EPA WaterSense for more information about sprucing up your sprinkler system, as well as water-conserving products for your home

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Water-efficient landscaping
Using native plants and other climate-appropriate landscape materials can reduce irrigation water use by more than 50%. Native plants require less time and maintenance, lowering the costs of watering and upkeep.
More information on landscaping

Rain barrels
Recycle stormwater into free, non-potable water that can be used to maintain gardens and lawns. It is easy to make your own or purchase one locally