Newsletter – November 2019

District Approves Toledo Water Agreement

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) Board of Trustees has approved a resolution approving the Uniform Water Purchase and Supply Agreement with the City of Toledo. The vote was passed unanimously by the seven Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board members in attendance at the October 10th board meeting.

"After years of discussion, studying multiple options, The District's Board feels this contract is the most agreeable to our members for a long-term, fair rate," said District Board Chairman Mark Sheffer. "Toledo's current administration has made an effort to improve trust by making us, along with partnering suburbs, a part of the Toledo Regional Water Commission," Sheffer added.

There are six separate communities, with approximately 6,500 customers in all, that are serviced by The District and supplied with Toledo water. They include Rossford, Northwood, Walbridge, Lake Township, Troy Township, and Perrysburg Township.

Regional Water
The District's Board of Trustees passed a resolution 2019-114 approving theToledo Water Agreement on October 10th, 2019.

The District hosted an informational meeting on regional water options and has participated in multiple public council and township meetings. "Because we serve so many communities with Toledo water, we wanted to be sure they had a good understanding of this agreement and our water options," said President Jerry Greiner.

Now, The District, as a part of the Toledo Regional Water Commission, will get to work on finalizing 2020 wholesale rates for Toledo customers.

Clean up Your Holiday Dinner the Right Way

Thanksgiving dinner is done and it's time to clean up. You may be tempted to dump the scraps and drippings down the disposal. Think twice. Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are the leading cause of sewer backups into basements.

FOG coats your pipe's build-up and eventually forms a blockage. It can also cause problems in our main lines too. Here are some simple steps to take to be sure you keep your dishes and plumbing clean: If you are deep-frying a turkey, don't pour leftover grease down the drain or toilet. The best advice, pour it into a coffee can (not plastic!) and dispose of it when cooled.

Use a strainer in the sink to keep solid food bits from going down the drain. Even when using a garbage disposal, grease can find its way into your pipes. Use a paper towel to wipe off the scraps from your dishes. This absorbs FOG, preventing it from sticking to your pipes.

Below is a great reference of what NOT to put down the drain:

No Fats No Oils No Grease
Butter, margarine Vegetable Oil Gravy
Peanut Butter Canola Oil Mayonnaise
Uncooked Poultry Skin Olive Oil Melted meat fat
Dairy: Cheeses, milk, cream, sour cream, ice cream Corn Oil Bacon & sausage
Salad dressings Boiled poultry skin
Cooking Oils Salad dressing

Winterize Your Pipes

If you haven't done so already, take a few minutes to protect your pipes from cold weather this winter. First, remove hoses from outdoor faucets and check for leaks. Install a spigot cover to insulate the outdoor fixture.

Insulate pipes in unheated areas, as they are most likely to freeze. Hardware or plumbing supply store should have the insulation and tools you need.


District Board of Trustees Meetings in November and December will be held on the1st and 3rd Thursday at 7:30 a.m.due to the holidays. Board meetings are open to the public.

  • Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. We will be closed at noon, Tuesday, December 24 on ChristmasEve, closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, and closed on New years day, January 1.

Construction Corner

McComb-Stormwater Separation

Through November, lane and alley restrictions are possible near Main Street, between High and Center Streets for stormwater separation. Project investment: $152,000.

Millbury-Sewer Lining

Through December, short-term lane restrictions are possible throughout the village for sewer lining. Project investment: $840,000.

Northwood-East Broadway Valve Installation

Through November, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews between Wales and Andrus Roads for valve installation. Project investment: $480,000.

Rossford-Sanitary Sewer Work

Through April 2020, lane restrictions are possible on Eagle Point Road and Birch Drive for sanitary sewer lining. Project investment: $1.2 million.

Rossford-Sewer Replacement

Through November, lane restrictions are possible on Vernis Street for sewer replacement. Project investment: $115,000.

Weston-Meter/ Meter Pit Relocation

Through November, short-term water service shut-offs are possible in various locations in Weston for meter pit relocation. Project investment: $303,000.