Regional Water Talks Continue

The Northwestern Water & Sewer District (The District) continues to participate in the Toledo Chamber of Commerce funded regional water discussions between The City of Toledo and the eight agencies that purchase water from the City by contract. These agencies include: Lucas County, Southern Monroe County Water, the City of Sylvania, The District, the City of Perrysburg, Fulton County, the City of Maumee and the Village of Whitehouse.

The biggest challenge of these discussions is to agree on priorities such as water quality, reasonable rates, ownership and board control. While trying to sort out these differences, it appears the concerns are more political than operational.

The difference in the water discussions now is facilitator Eric Rothstein, who comes to the area with experience in regional water concepts through his work in Detroit, Milwaukee and Orlando. His efforts keeping the discussions focused are crucial for the group.

While regional water talks continue, The District is waiting on the completion of a new study on water issues, which may offer water alternatives. We should be hearing more on both the study and regional water talks within the next few months.  We encourage you to stay informed as the results will impact your rates.

-Jerry Greiner, President, The District

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Regional Water Participation

What does that mean to you as a customer?

It should mean that a regional entity, most likely a government organization, owns and operates a water system (or sanitary sewer or storm sewer system) for non-profit while delivering quality service on a uniform, system-wide basis.

What does that mean to the City of Toledo?

They already are “regional” in that they meet the definition above. In their mind, for the last 50 plus years, they have operated the water system in that manner.

What does that mean to the outside “purchase communities?”

The 9 outside governmental agencies may not agree simply on the definition of “regional,” when it comes to the treatment of the water, its rate/cost, and the decision making.

For example, Toledo’s rates vary and their additional surcharges, income-tax sharing rules and other added requirements have pushed many to the edge on these requirements. They exceed the rule of fairness being reasonably priced and motivated to the buyers.

When does everyone (buyer &sellers) agree on its definition and how it will operate?

Let’s hope meetings and discussions continue between the buyers and sellers of our water so that they can define what it is and how it will operate. Otherwise, some irreplaceable decisions could occur that could be costly for all end users.

You Can Help: Can the Grease and Wipe out Wipes!

Can the Grease:grease

We at the Northwestern Water & Sewer District have seen rising calls and costs of thousands of dollars related to grease blockages in homes and restaurants.

These blockages cause backups in the sewer lines, both in public and private lines.

Please pour cooling oils into a can, such as an empty vegetable or coffee can, and toss it into the trash.

Wipe out Wipes:no wipes

Many Americans are using “flushable wipes” as a convenience product.  These products are found in many varieties such as baby wipes, cleaning and dusting wipes, and all-purpose wipes.

Many of these are advertised as “flushable.”  But these wipes DO NOT disintegrate into water!

wipesThey become lodged on roots or intrusions in the sewer line, and wrap themselves around pumps and motors at sewage lift stations.  These wipes cause backups into homes and overflowing manholes. 

 

 

Watch  this video and please DO NOT FLUSH any type of disposable wipe!

 

 

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Drinking Water Recommendations

During these months of warmer temperatures with more outdoor activities, we all need to stay hydrated. Cool, safe drinking water is a perfect solution for this need!

In the aftermath of the August 2014 Lake Erie algae crisis, many of us learned to maintain a home supply of drinking water for our family’s use.

Emergencies in general make this point even more important!

We at Northwestern Water & Sewer District have several ideas and pieces of information to help.

Our WaterShed vending machines provide clean, drinking water 24/7 for only $.25 a gallon.

Yes, only 25 cents a gallon! 250427_10150209147109799_6333766_n

Plus, we have free one-gallon easy to handle containers as well in our lobby.

It’s important to store water for use in an emergency. How much is needed, how to store it and more can be found at these articles:

http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/extension/ext-publications/water/drinking/emergwatersupply-minner.pdf

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=362

We are very blessed to have high quality affordable drinking water options available here in Northwest Ohio.

Stay hydrated naturally with water and make sure to store water in case you need it during an emergency!

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CCR’s

You may have noticed already this spring that most water providers have already prepared and released an annual “Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)” on water quality.

consumer-confidence-report1111This information is available to the public by July 1st of each year by their water supplier. Since we purchase water from others, such as the cities of Oregon, Toledo, Bowling Green, Perrysburg and Fostoria we provide the users of that water here in Wood County with the details of their treatment process.

For example, federal EPA requires water plants to report on various compounds common to drinking water. The types of these will vary as the “raw water” source may vary from ground wells, lake, rivers, etc.

oepaOhio EPA sets the standards or “limits” range under which water providers must meet for their final product that leaves the water plant. They call this “finished water” as compared to “raw water.”

We have 9 contracts to buy and resell others’ water, and produce or treat water in Bloomdale for the village and the community of Bairdstown. Thus, we do 9 CCR reports for the public.

As a District we have 17 licensed water treatment operators who are familiar with these requirements.

How Do You Read These?

These are complex to read, we will be the first to agree! But a good water treatment operator or quality water manager can explain and relate this information to most consumers in a common-sense everyday language. That’s why we call them professionals!

Where Do You See Them?

Water providers have the responsibility to provide their report in paper or electronic format.

So, check out our website and read more about CCR’s!  Click Here to view CCR’s!bottled

Let’s see bottled water manufacturers do this! (They have little oversight in their industry on manufacturing water quality)!

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