District Adopt a Family for The Holidays

Our Customer Service Department is once again taking the lead in helping those in our community less fortunate this holiday as they adopt families for the holiday.

So far, they have adopted one family with the Wood County Job and Family Services and one family with The Salvation Army.

Wood County Job and Family Services

Wish List

Please turn in turn gifts to Pam Benick.
Make sure you label who the gifts are for.
Gifts for Job and Family Services DO NOT get wrapped.
If you would like to donate cash to buy gifts, please give money to January Raymond.  Cash only, please!

Malaya-Age 2                                                                 Marissa- Age 7
Clothes Size 3-4T clothes                                             Clothes size 7/8
Shoes size 7-8                                                                 Shoe-1-2
12 v. jeep or little bike                                                    New LOL dolls
Baby dolls                                                                        Girls Lego’s
Baby alive                                                                         Electric scooter
Baby clothes                                                                    Family board games
Books                                                                                Bean bag chair
Cocomelon puzzle/toys                                                 Lava Lamp
Shop pets                                                                          Hoover Board
Kitchen play set                                                               Make up and Nail set
Kids tablet to watch Cocomelon on                            Orbeeze-soothing foot
Fusion Pro X-5 kickschooter-Black                              Slime making kit
New twin bed set-sheets/pillows/etc.

Mom –                                                                          Makai – age 10
Hand soap                                                                   Clothes size 10-12
Dish soap                                                                    Twin bed set-sheets/pillows
Laundry Soap                                                              Shoes 4-5
Toilet paper                                                                 Fusion Pro X-5 kickshooter-black
Bath towels                                                                 Teen boy’s LEGOs
New pillows                                                                Mechanical RGB LE keyboard
Toilet paper                                                                 Final Mouse Air 58 mystic blue
New queen bed set                                                    RGB mousepad LED mouse pad
Hangers for clothes                                                   Acer-Aopen 27HC5R monitor
Dish set
Pots and pans
Wax warmer
House plants
Shoes, 8.5-9
XL shirts
Clothing size 12 – jeans

Salvation Army Family

Wish List

Please turn in turn gifts to Pam Benick.
Please label gifts.
Gifts for Salvation Army DO get wrapped. If you do not have time to wrap them, Pam and January have offered to do so.  Just label gift.
If you would like to donate cash to buy gifts, please give money to January Raymond.  Cash only, please!

Jacob – age 6                                                                   Maya – age 13

Roblox                                                                               Craft items
PlayDoh                                                                             Fidget toys
Ryan’s World                                                                     Chapter books of scary stories
Board Games                                                                    My Hero Academia items
iSpy type books                                                                Makeup
Fidget toys (child has autism, no loud toys)

Thanks so much!! We appreciate it!!

Staff Accountant 1

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will be accepting applications until 4:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021 for the position of STAFF ACCOUNTANT I.
Salary range is $35,000-$45,000 plus benefits. Computer skills (Word/Excel required), accounts payable and receivable experience, and knowledge of general ledger and bank reconciliations required. Minimum qualifications include an Associate Degree in Accounting or equivalent experience and knowledge in accounting work. Applications and information available online at www.nwwsd.org;

Submit applications/resumes to the District, 12560 Middleton Pike, P.O. Box 348, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or via e-mail at lobrien@nwwsd.org.

The District is an EOE.

Special Project Manager Infiltration/Inflow Coordinator

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District will be accepting resumes until November 8, 2021, for the position of full-time SPECIAL PROJECT MANAGER, INFILTRATION/INFLOW COORDINATOR. Salary range is $70,000.00-$75,000.00.

Under the direction of the District Engineer and Assistant Engineer, this position plans, reviews oversee, and monitors special projects and coordinates and implement the
District’s Infiltration and Inflow programs for removing stormwater from sanitary sewers.  This individual will provide communications between the District and customers, consulting firms, contractors, and industry.
Knowledge of basic surveying methods, civil drafting techniques, and the ability to read and understand engineering drawings and specifications related to water and sewer construction is required. Must have experience and ability to use AutoCAD. Must have the ability to deal effectively with construction contractors and the public and to work in a variety of environmental conditions. Associates degree in Engineering Technology or
closely related area and five years’ experience minimum is required. Submit resumes to the

District attn.: Leanne O’Brien, 12560 Middleton Pike, P.O. Box 348, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or via e-mail at lobrien@nwwsd.org.

Fall Plumbing Checklist

Every homeowner should perform a few fall plumbing tasks to set yourself up for a great holiday season and beyond.


  1. Disconnect your outdoor water hose. Drain hose and store for the winter.
  2. Cover outdoor faucets with styrofoam hose covers.
  3. Inspect your indoor and outdoor pipes. Use insulation on pipes exposed to cold temperatures.
  4. Check indoor faucets and plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, showerheads, etc.) for leaks and get them repaired.
  5. Drain your water heater to prevent sediment buildup and rust. First, shut off power and water supply valve. Then carefully drain the tank by connecting a hose to drain the valve and running to a nearby drain.
  6. If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s clean and in good working order.


Going to be away from home for longer than 30 days this winter? You should consider turning off your water service. You’ll avoid fixed monthly charges and there’s no charge to shut off your water or have it turned back on.

Interested? Call our office 5 to 7 days before you leave and before you return. We can schedule a time to turn off your service. For more info, call our customer service at (419) 354-9090 Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm.

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 water and sewer services in addition to roads throughout our service area.

Lake Township: Water Tower
Through August 2022, crews will be constructing a 1.5-million-gallon elevated water tank near Lemoyne Road between Latcha and Hanley Roads.  Residents can expect additional construction vehicle traffic and possible shoulder restrictions in this area.  Project complete:  September 2022.  Project investment: $4 million.

McComb: Sanitary/Storm Sewer Replacement Project *UPDATE*

Through August, intermittent lane restrictions and closures are possible on SR 235 between Perrin Avenue and Bond-Preble Street, and on SR 613 between SR 235 and Main Street for sewer replacement, paving and restoration.  Additionally, through August, intermittent closures are possible on Cora Street, between S. Main Street and just south of Bond-Preble Street for sewer work, paving and restoration. Closures will be announced.  Project complete: September. Project investment: $950,000.

Perrysburg Township: Sewer Lining
Through July, lane restrictions are possible in Perrysburg Township, on Mandell Road, Lime City Road, and Glenwood Road, between I-75 to SR 795, and in Perrysburg Heights for sewer rehabilitation.  MAP OF EXACT LOCATIONS. Project complete:  August.  Project investment: $1,230,000.

Rossford: Hawthorne Lane Waterline and Sewer Replacement Project
Through August, lane restrictions are possible on Hawthorne Lane and at the intersection of Jennings Road and Hawthorne Lane in Rossford for water and sewer line replacement.  Local access will be maintained.  Residents will be notified via door tag of possible service interruptions 48 hours prior to work on the service line.  All work is weather permitting.  Project complete: September 2021.  Project investment: $200,000.

Weston: Sewer Rehabilitation Project
Through August, lane restrictions and service interruptions are possible on Ohio Street, and Ash and Center Streets near Ohio Street.  This project will also include work in other areas in Weston but is expected to have a minimal impact on roads and sewer service.  Project complete:  August.  Project investment: $900,000.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing
Through July, weekdays from 7:30 am until 4 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations in Lake Township, parts of Northwood, and the Village of Millbury.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if water becomes discolored.  For more information: http://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/

Pool Filling Tips

There are multiple ways to fill a pool, some cost more than others.  It is important to check on costs before you fill, that way you are not shocked when you get your water bill.  Below are some resources to help:

Use Tap Water
Hook up one end of your garden hose to your outdoor tap, drop the other end in the pool, and voilà! You’re on your way to a summer of fun.

This method of filling your pool is certainly one of the easiest, but costs can vary depending on where you live.

Your costs may also vary depending on who provides your water. 

Note: If you’re concerned about costs, you can call our customer service department for estimates depending on your location and pool size.

Don’t forget to budget your time, too. The speed of your refill will vary based on available water pressure and the diameter of your garden hose. Plan on at least a day or two to fill an average-sized swimming pool.

You might feel a bit of sticker shock when you calculate the total (especially for a complete fill or refill), but chances are it’ll still be far less expensive than having the water delivered from a remote location.

Pool Water Delivery Service

It works for pizza, so why not your pool water? It’s easy to call or hop online and order water from a local supplier.

Chances are, you won’t even have to be home when your water arrives. Your friendly pool water delivery people will roll up in their transport truck, drop their hoses, fill ‘er up, and be on their way. You’ll come home to a full pool, ready for testing, balancing, sanitizing, and swimming! Some companies make things even simpler by providing pre-chlorinated water. We recommend you still test and balance that water, though.

The big consideration here is the price you’ll pay for the convenience. But if you don’t have a well (or your well water’s not up to snuff), or you face stiff costs due to water rationing, this option might be your best bet.

Don’t be afraid to shop around. Get quotes from several local suppliers, compare that to your costs for a city water fill-up, and don’t forget to factor in the time you’ll save compared to the trickle of a garden hose or your average pool pump. The bottom line might be sunnier than you’d expect.

Why—And When—Your Pool Needs Refilling

As a rule, it’s better for your pool and your budget to keep your pool full of clean, balanced water rather than draining and refilling it unnecessarily. You’ll spend far less on incremental chemical treatments to maintain already-clean water than you will replace the whole shebang. An ounce of prevention is worth a few thousand gallons of cure, so to speak.

But life is full of surprises, and pool ownership is full of regular maintenance. So you might need fresh water if:

  • you’re filling your pool for the first time.
  • you’re topping off your pool when opening it for the season, or after water loss (splashout, evaporation, etc.).
  • you’ve recently drained your pool for repairs or to replace your inground pool liner.
  • you’ve converted to a salt water pool.
  • your pool water has become unbalanced or contaminated and doesn’t respond to chemical treatment.
  • it’s been three to five years since you last filled your pool.

How Much Water Does Your Pool Need?

If you’re refilling a pool you’ve owned for years, chances are you already know how many gallons it holds. But if you’ve built a new pool or are filling your pool for the first time (e.g., after buying a new home), you might need to do a little math to calculate the precise amount of H2O you need. This will keep you from spending more than you need to on the water, and help you budget for future refills.

The easiest way is to use an online calculator. But if you’d rather do the math yourself, you can get out your measuring tape, and figure up your water needs with a few easy formulas.

Oval Pools:
Length (long diameter) × Width (short diameter) × Depth (average) × 6.7

Round Pools:
Diameter2 × Depth (average) × 5.9

Rectangular Pools:
Length × Width × Depth (average) × 7.5

Kidney Pools::
Length × Width (average) × Depth (average) × 7.0

John + Ringo + George + Paul

(OK, maybe that last formula isn’t for swimming pools. Disregard.)

Just Add Water: Filling the Pool

Depending on the method you’ve chosen—city water, well water, or pool water delivery service—the exact procedure for filling your swimming pool will vary.

Note: If you’re filling an above-ground pool for the first time or have recently replaced the liner and are refilling it, keep an eye on the liner as you fill the pool. Avoid filling the pool too fast to keep your liner taut and wrinkle-free.

Filling Your Pool with District Water

As pool care chores go, this one’s pretty easy.

  1. Attach your garden hose to an outdoor spigot.
  2. Put the other end of the hose into your pool.
  3. Turn on the spigot.

For top-offs, monitor the refill until the water hits your desired level (usually around the middle of the skimmer).

Filling your entire pool this way will likely take a day or longer, so plan on checking in on the fill-up every few hours.

Using a Pool Water Delivery Service

Since the water for your pool is coming from a remote location, you won’t have to hook up any gear to fill your pool. Just make sure the folks delivering your water have access to your pool, and if you’re concerned about safety or want to supervise, schedule the appointment for a time you’ll be home.

Cut Costs By Reducing Pool Water Loss

One of the best ways to save money when you refill your pool is to protect the balanced water that’s already in it. You can cut down on your water expenses by reducing or eliminating the four biggest pool water wasters:

  • evaporation
  • leaks
  • excessive splashing
  • filter backwashing

They might seem fairly innocuous, but every drop adds up, and before you know it, you might find yourself spending money like water.

Reduce Evaporation

An uncovered pool loses an average of about a ¼ to ½ inch of water per day to evaporation, barring any extreme weather conditions. This can translate to several thousand gallons of water per year. As that water floats out of your pool, money flies out of your wallet at the same rate. So what can you do?

Well, you can’t completely eliminate evaporation, but you can reduce it. Use a solar pool cover on your pool between swims, and add a liquid solar cover in the spring and fall. If you use a pool heater, keep it as low as possible to reduce water loss due to evaporative heating.

And while we love Bob Dylan as much as the next person, the answer to evaporation woes definitely isn’t blowin’ in the wind. Keeping the breeze at bay reduces evaporation, so consider adding landscaping, fences, or decorative barriers to keep both the wind and unwanted debris away from your pool, and more water in it.

Find and Fix Leaks

Even a minor pool leak can cost you thousands of dollars over time. If you find your pool is losing an inch of water or more per day, it’s likely there’s a leak somewhere. Once you find the pool leak, you can take steps to fix it. Or, if you feel that’s beyond your skills, you can always call a professional. The amount you pay for a pro to fix the leak will be recouped in water savings.

Either way, don’t wait. The longer the pool leaks, the more water is wasted, and the higher the probability of other damage occurring behind the pool’s walls.

Splash Responsibly

OK, we know splashing is part of having a good time in the pool. We’re not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. But like leaks, excessive splashing can cost you money.

All you really need to do is keep the splashing to a minimum. Keep an eye on kids (and adults acting like kids) to keep them from cannonballing you into the poorhouse. If your pool has water features like fountains or waterfalls, turn them off when they’re not in use, and make sure they’re not sending buckets of water out of the pool while they’re turned on.

Watch your water level, too. Keep it low enough that normal fun in the pool (including a little splashing—we’re not monsters) doesn’t have water slopping out of the pool.

Backwash with Care

Just like coffee, your sand filter or diatomaceous earth filter is at its best with minimal backwash. If you get a little overenthusiastic when you backwash your pool filter, you can burn through hundreds of gallons of water in minutes. To avoid wasting more water than is necessary to clean the filter, keep an eye on the sight glass. As soon as the water runs clear, stop backwashing.

You can also save money by keeping your water clean and balanced. The harder your filter has to work, the more often you’ll have to backwash it, and the more water you’ll need to add to your pool. A little caution and water care can save you considerable cash.

A Full Pool Doesn’t Have to Mean an Empty Wallet

Filling a pool seems like such a simple thing—and it can be. Take the time to understand how much water your pool can hold. Choose the most cost-effective pool water delivery system for your needs, and carefully conserve water that’s already in your pool.

You’ll end up with a full pool, a balanced budget, and enough extra cash to start saving up for that seaside retreat…or at least a few bottles of fancy water for your poolside bar.

Happy Swimming!  (Information from www.swimuniversity.com)

McComb Sanitary/Storm Sewer Replacement Project

Below is an update on the McComb Sanitary/Storm Sewer Replacement project.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.  Work may be delayed in extreme weather.

McComb: Sanitary/Storm Sewer Replacement Project *UPDATE*

Effective Monday, April 19, through May, SR 235 will be closed from the railroad tracks (just south of SR 613) to Bond-Preble Street May for sanitary sewer replacement. Detour: SR 613, I-75, US 224.  Additional intermittent closures of SR 613 for final paving and restoration will be announced. Project complete: July. Project investment: $950,000.

The District Enters Water Agreement with North Baltimore

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Board of Trustees of The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) and the Village of North Baltimore recently approved an agreement that will allow The District to purchase and distribute water to serve areas in southern Wood County and Northern Hancock County, including the Village of McComb.

In the spring of 2020, The District completed a study outlining necessary long-term improvements and estimated costs to maintain the McComb Water Treatment plant, as well as several options for replacement of the plant.  One of those options was to secure another source to provide potable water directly to the citizens at a similar cost.  “This contract with The Village of North Baltimore could make that long-term option more viable”, says Jerry Greiner, president of the District.

“The Village of North Baltimore appreciates the opportunity to assist The District in meeting the community water supply needs for McComb and District customers in southern Wood County. This type of cooperation will be a key element in meeting long-term water supply and growth opportunities for this region” said North Baltimore Mayor Janet L. Goldner.

Since 2016, when the Village of McComb joined the District, the village’s water supply has been a priority for The District’s operations department. Many improvements have been made to maintain and improve the water treatment process. The village’s raw water source is a small stream called Rader Creek. Water from this source must be collected and stored throughout the year in reservoirs to serve the community.

The water from Rader Creek includes minerals and other contaminants, including manganese, that are expensive and difficult to manage each year.  “The manganese itself is hard to manage and has received increased attention by Ohio EPA,” says Dan Wickard, District Superintendent, in charge of water and sewer operations.

“We intend to provide the highest quality of water for the citizens at the most economical long-term price,” Greiner said.  “The District has met with McComb Council, now we will soon begin outreach with McComb residents.”

The District will host an informational meeting via Zoom regarding water supply options for McComb, in April.  Details will be announced.


Be Water-wise 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

Image about 50 percent of outdoor water being wasted.

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

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 *NEW PROJECT*
Effective the week May 4, 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 *NEW PROJECT*
Effective the week of May 18, 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 May, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Lime City Road between Dixie Highway and Marilyn Drive for waterline replacement.   Through May, lane restrictions are possible on Schreier Road near Lime City Road for waterline replacement.  Project complete: May.  Project investment: $770,000.

Rossford – Eagle Point Sewer Replacement *UPDATE*
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.

Rossford – Deimling Road Water & Sewer Line Installation
Through May, Deimling Road, from Simmons to Crossroads Boulevard, is closed to through traffic for water and sewer line installation.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $502,000.

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.

Troy Township – NSG Sewer Line Installation
Through May, lane restrictions are possible on Garling Road just west of Pemberville Road for restoration work. Project complete: November. Project investment: $760,000.

District-Wide Hydrant Flushing *WORK STARTS TODAY*
Effective today, through November, weekdays from 8 am until 3:30 pm, crews will be flushing hydrants in various locations throughout Wood County.  Through May 15, crews will be hydrant flushing in Perry Township, Weston, Custar and Milton Center.  Residents are advised to flush water from their taps if the water becomes discolored.  For more information: https://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/hydrant-main-line-flushing-info/