October Waterworks Newsletter

Fall Water Tips to Save Money

As the days get shorter and temperatures cool, it's a good time to remind you of a few steps you can take to save money on your water and sewer bill.

Sprinkler Shut-Off

Before the ground freezes, it's a good idea to winterize your sprinkler system to avoid damage to your outdoor and indoor plumbing over the winter. Even a tiny break in an irrigation system can cost you hundreds of dollars over the winter. Winterizing your sprinkler system can be done if you have good knowledge of backflow and plumbing systems, but we recommend you contact a professional certified irrigation expert to assist in this important fall chore.

Savings for Snowbirds

If you are going to be away from home for longer than 30 days during the cold weather, you may want to consider turning off your water service. You'll avoid the minimum monthly charges and there's no charge to shut off your water. Keep in mind you will have to winterize your plumbing to keep your pipes from breaking, so this may not be a good option if you are gone for only a few weeks. Interested? Call our office 5 to 7 days before you leave during regular business hours to schedule a time to turn off your service. Be sure to contact us 5 to 7 days before your return.

WaterSheds Reach $2 Million in Sales

District WaterSheds reached a significant milestone: over $2 million in clean water sales. That's 8 million quarters over time! The majority of WaterShed earnings are reinvested back into maintenance costs and property rental. So why do we do it?

Simple answer, The District started WaterSheds to provide clean, affordable drinking water to those in rural areas using unreliable wells. Because water quality and affordability is important to us, we've kept prices the same at 25 cents a gallon or $1 for five gallons. Bring a container or two and try it for yourself.

Elizabeth Wick Joins District Board of Trustees

In September, Elizabeth Wick was sworn in as our newest board member. She brings extensive experience in water and wastewater from her work as a consulting engineer and 33 years of experience at the Ohio EPA. She was named by the Wood County Commissioners to fill the seat left vacant by John Cheney. Welcome, Elizabeth!

Planning the 2023 Budget

The District is currently reviewing our 2023 budget, including estimated revenue. The District’s budget operates like a “not-for-profit”. We cover our expenses with the revenue from the monthly water and sewer bills paid by our customers. Our goal is to balance income and expenses each year with no profit. The District Board of Trustees will review the final budget and we expect to reach decisions regarding any rate adjustments in early December, to go into effect January 1, 2023.

District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

The District's good financial record keeping during its most recent financial audit has qualified us for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. To receive the award, entities must meet strict criteria set by the state for a "clean" audit report. For more go to information, go to NWWSD.org.

Construction Corner: Investing in our Communities

Henry County: Waterline Project
Through November, lane restrictions are possible on CR 424, between CR 4 and SR 109 for waterline installation. Continuing through November, lane restrictions are possible on Euler Road (CR N) from Van Tassel Road to SR 65 for waterline installation. Project investment: $4.9 million. Project complete: Spring 2023.

Perrysburg: Willowbend Pump Station Replacement
Through November, River Road (SR 65) between Brittany Road and Seminary Road will be closed for pump station installation. Detour: Roachton Road; Fort Meigs Road. Local access is maintained. Project Cost: $2.5 Million. Project complete: December.

Perrysburg Township: Ford Road Pump Station Replacement
Through October, Ford Road, between White Road and Lindsay Drive will be closed for sewer installation. Detour: Simmons Road; SR-795; White Road. Project investment: $7.7 million. Project complete: April 2023.

District Area Work: Hydrant Flushing and Valve Maintenance
Through November, crews will be performing hydrant flushing and valve maintenance. If your water becomes discolored following this work, please flush your waterlines