May 3rd Open House at Northwestern Water & Sewer District


May 3rd Open House at Northwestern Water & Sewer District

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In my first blog I mentioned that the Northwestern Water & Sewer District’s annual Open House is coming up on Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

At the 2014 Open House, it was a fabulous spring day, with Old glory enjoying the breeze.

At the 2014 Open House, it was a fabulous spring day, with Old glory enjoying the breeze.

We have confirmed that Congressman Bob Latta will speak beginning around 1:30pm on legislation that he has worked on at the national level that affects Lake Erie water quality. We also hope to add both Representative Tim Brown and Senator Randy Gardner from our statehouse districts here in Ohio.

The event is open to all of our customers as well as the general public that we serve throughout Wood County.

The open house has grown each year, with many additional activities that we hope will be both interesting and fun. Besides free food and a fishing derby and the other usual events, this year we have added Mr. Melon, who will serve fruit drinks and slushies for the kids!  Also Bounce Houses!

2014 Fishin' Derby!

2014 Fishin’ Derby!

And new for this year, we’re planning to have some displays of retired World War II and Korean War military equipment – think large items, like half-tracks, missiles, and landing craft! The details are still being worked out on this one…

And remember, it’s completely free and open for your family to attend.

Local firefighters recruiting for the future at last year's event.

Local firefighters recruiting for the future at last year’s event.

Please join us at the Northwestern Water & Sewer District Open House on May 3rd!



Jennings Road pump station

Jennings Road pump station

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New Rossford pump station eliminates sanitary overflows to Maumee River

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Cleaner and fresher Maumee River water is the outcome of a $1.5 million pump station investment by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District (NWWSD) in Rossford.


NWWSD recently completed replacement of an aging sanitary sewer pump station at the north end of Jennings Road in Rossford, near Veterans Memorial Park.  The replacement has eliminated a source of frequent sewage overflows into the Maumee River, near the park and city marina.


The overflows never constituted a health hazard, as the untreated overflow was typically diluted by rain and river water, but now that problem has been removed nonetheless.  The new equipment replaces a 1940’s-era pump station that collected flow from the western half of Rossford.  The older station pumped sewage south to another pump station on nearby Colony Road, where the sewage was re-pumped into sewer mains leading to the City of Toledo’s wastewater treatment plant. 


“While the old pump station’s sewage overflows were obviously not a major source of the nutrient loading in Lake Erie that led to last summer’s algal bloom issues, every bit of cleanup helps, and the overflows certainly contributed to that nutrient loading some way,” said Tom Stalter, engineering manager.  “We’re happy to be some small part of the solution.” 


In wet weather conditions, both of these older stations were regularly overwhelmed with storm flows and on occasion discharged overflows directly into Grassy Creek and the Maumee River.  The new station now pumps sewage east to enter the City of Toledo’s sewer collection system at Oakdale and Miami Streets – just east of Hollywood Casino and I-75 – on its way to Toledo’s treatment plant.


The new pump station and force main, along with millions of dollars in other improvements to Rossford’s aging and often poorly maintained sewer system, has removed the overflows and consequent water contamination under most circumstances. 


One additional benefit of the replacement project is energy savings.  The previous system pumped the sewages twice:  once at Jennings Road and then again at Colony Road.  Since the new pump station discharges directly into Toledo’s system, it helps to control the costs of electricity associated with pumping sewage to Toledo’s treatment plant.


The siting and architectural design was a mutual effort by NWWSD, the City of Rossford, and the City’s Park Commission.  Several issues were identified and resolved by this group, according to Stalter.


Contact:  Jerry Greiner, President; 419-354-9090 x194; 419-654-9941 Cell;  Information on the Northwestern Water & Sewer District is available at




NWWSD is a regional water and sewer district chartered under section 6119 of the Ohio Revised Code. Organized in 1994 to take over the water and sewer operations of the Wood County Sanitary Engineer, the District is specifically intended to meet the following goals within our service area:  to establish a uniform water distribution and wastewater collection system; to create uniform and equitable rates; to provide uniform services; to institute consistent regulatory authority for water and wastewater services.  By combining systems to share operation and maintenance costs, the District is able to provide professional management and experienced service personnel throughout our service area.  The District is operated by a nine member board.

Wise Street sanitary sewer replacement construction to begin

Wise Street sanitary sewer replacement construction to begin

Construction begins on or around March 1st for the Wise Street sanitary sewer replacement project.  An explanatory letter was sent to neighborhood residents with details about the project.  Click to open a PDF copy of the letter.  


Construction update August 29, 2014


Construction update August 29, 2014

Every day Northwestern Water & Sewer District (NWWSD) oversees services for 15,000 customers across 413 miles of water pipe and 332 miles of sewer.  The following is an update regarding the latest weekly construction projects:

  • Hillside Drive sanitary sewer and waterline replacement
    • Installation of waterlines and sewer is complete. Residents can begin to have their contractors make connections to the sanitary sewer. Contact NWWSD prior to starting the work.
    • Water services are reconnected to new water line. Residents should contact engineering at NWWSD with questions related to water system changes and sanitary sewer lateral reconnections.
    • Coordination with City of Rossford for the final replacement of the road by the city is under way. Final restoration to be completed after Rossford storm sewer and road work is finished.
  • Colony Area sanitary sewer rehabilitation
    • Construction began on Riverside Drive and continues for the next few weeks. Traffic will be maintained.
    • After Riverside Drive is completed, the contractor will continue on Forest Drive to Colony Drive.
    • Occasional reduced sewage usage when the contractor is installing new pipe in an area may be required. This should be for four to eight hours. Contractor will notify residents ahead of time.
    • Contractor will be working in the entire neighborhood for the next four to five months. Privately-owned items within the road right-of-way may be damaged and should be removed ahead of time. Residents should note when the contractor is nearing property for coordination. 
  • River Road phase two water line replacement, Rossford and Perrysburg Township
    • Main water line installation is about 90 percent complete. Water service reconnections and restoration are taking place in various areas where the water line has been installed and tested.
    • A significant portion of restoration has been done.
    • One lane closure will continue on River Road while construction proceeds.
    • Occasional temporary water shutoffs will occur. Notifications will be placed at each residence prior to shutoffs. Work will continue for one month or more.
  • Jennings Road pump station
    • Construction starts in early September. Work will involve construction of a new pump station in the park and partial removal and abandonment of the existing pump station near the end of Jennings. Work is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day weekend.
  • Ampoint sanitary sewer replacement, Perrysburg Township
    • Project under way. Work taking place throughout Ampoint Industrial Park with construction traffic on Third and J streets and other areas. Sanitary sewer construction expected to be complete in August. Traffic and service disruptions should be minimal and temporary. Restoration of streets, drives and yards will be ongoing.
  • Hufford Road waterline replacement, Perrysburg Township
    • Replacement of existing water line on Hufford Road between River and Avenue roads. Work will continue for several months.
    • Local traffic will be maintained. Occasional temporary water shutoffs will be scheduled ahead of time and notifications will be made.
    • Water line is being tested. Upon completion of successful tests, water services will begin to be moved to the new water line.
    • Shut off of services will take place for brief periods of time. Look for notification or contact the district for information.
    • Residents have been sent a letter with information regarding the new water line and the impact on their system.

As always, real-time construction updates and subsequent road closures are provided on NWWSD’s Twitter page at  @EmilyPostsNWWSD.


Customers reminded to update emergency notification info


Customers reminded to update emergency notification info

With the recent water crisis, Northwestern Water & Sewer District (NWWSD) reminds customers that it’s never been more important to keep their contact information with “CodeRED” up-to-date so that communication works properly during any possible future events.

CodeRED is a free community notification program used by NWWSD and some other local emergency response teams to notify citizens of emergency situations and critical alerts.  NWWSD employs CodeRED to notify customers of water boil notices or other pertinent emergencies relevant to water and sewer service.

Customers can update their critical contact information at:


Safety Award

Safety Award

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has been recognized by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio for accumulating 587,618 hours without a lost-time injury.

“This is great recognition for our organization, our safety efforts, our employees, and their families” President Jerry Greiner said. “For many years our field supervisors, Dan Wickard and Simon Gundy, have chaired our Safety Committee, leading them with training and building awareness of the risks of this profession”, he continued.

“Of the 32 potential hazards identified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, our field employees come in contact with 25 of them on a daily basis. Accumulating this many hours with approximately 40 field employees is the equivalent of over 6 years without a lost-time injury. This is a reflection of our worker’s training and dedication to safety,” Simon Gundy, Assistant Superintendent and Safety Manager said.

The Safety Council of Northwest Ohio recognized Northwest Ohio employers last week at their 60th Annual Industrial Awards Banquet.

Annual Open House a Success!


Annual Open House a Success!

Were you at our annual open house on May 4th? Rain Barrel Grand Prize


We had over 200 guests. Handed out door prizes to dozens of guests and over two dozen raffle drawing awards, including a grand prize drawing of a rain barrel, gardening tool set, and gift card to help get your yard ready for spring!

Guests were taken on tours of our facility, got to meet the staff, check out our equipment, and participate in educational stations where they learned about backflow prevention, pumps, hydrants, and even water filtration. There were inflatables for the kids and a fishing derby.

Of course, no party would be complete without food! We served up roasted chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, potato and macaroni salads, and cookies too!


If you didn’t make it this year, that is okay, we hold open houses annually! Hope to see you next year.


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Board of Trustees Vacancy


Board of Trustees Vacancy

One of the three township-appointed district board members has resigned, opening a seat for your township’s input on selecting a replacement. The term for this seat runs through December 31, 2018.

The process for naming a replacement is as follows:

1. Nominations are open for a slate of candidates. An application must be submitted to the District to ensure they are qualified and understand the commitment.

2. Once a slate of candidates is complete, the member townships will be provided with a list of candidates and will have 60 days to rank order their selections and return the ranked list with a resolution to the district.

A nomination packet is available for prospective candidates to complete by contacting our Board Clerk, Leanne O’Brien. Completed packets must be returned to the district by April 21, 2014.

  • The nominee must live in a member-unincorporated township area.
  • The nominee cannot be an elected official.
  • The nominee cannot do business directly with the district.

Please contact Melinda Kale, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Lyle Schulte, another township-appointed board member; our President, Jerry Greiner; or Leanne O’Brien, Board Clerk; if you have any questions.




District Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting


District Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting

Government Finance Officers Association
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601
Ph: (312) 977-9700; Fax: (312) 977-4806

For information contact: Stephen Gauthier at (312) 977-9700


The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northwestern Water & Sewer District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individuals, department, or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning annual report. This has been presented to:

Kay Ball, Finance Director.

The annual financial report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the annual report.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington DC.


NWWSD hosts CORD meeting


NWWSD hosts CORD meeting

On November 7th, Northwestern Water & Sewer District hosted a well attended meeting of the region’s members of CORD (Coalition of Regional Districts).

Attending were 25 administrators and board members representing five of the region’s water and sewer districts. According to CORD Board member and President of Northwestern Water & Sewer District Jerry Greiner “This was the first of many upcoming meetings for the new year (2015). We have our new Director for CORD on board, Greg Hanahan, and he will be calling upon our region’s approximately 110 organizations who work under the Ohio Revised Code Section 6119.”

Beyond the organizational efforts and plan for 2015, other critical topics for this meeting included an update on the CORD lobbying efforts to support legislation to enhance the 6119 code and the work of water and sewer districts. Additionally, a detailed discussion took place regarding a recent court decision that may impact the CORD group.

Speakers at the meeting included:

  • Jerry Greiner, President of Northwestern Water & Sewer District
  • Eric Luckage, Partner with Albers & Albers Law Firm
  • Rex Huffman, Partner with Spitler & Huffman, LLC Law Firm