New water tower in Lake Twp. planned

Larry Limpf

Construction is expected to start next summer on a new water tower in Lake Township.
The project is one of several scheduled to start in 2021, according to the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.
The 1.5-million-gallon tower will be built along Lemoyne Road, between Hanley and Latcha roads, Theresa Pollick, a spokesman for the district, said.
In addition to townships in northern Wood County, the tank will also serve Walbridge, Rossford and parts of Northwood.
Other projects the district plans for 2021 include:
-A new waterline southwest of Bowling Green to enhance water quality and flow.
-A new waterline from Weston to the Village of McClure and extending across the Maumee River to provide water service to Liberty Center in Henry County.
-New sewer pump stations at Ford Road in Perrysburg Township and Willowbend in Middleton Township. Sewer systems in McComb and Weston will also be upgraded.
The district’s board of trustees approved its 2021 budget last week and agreed to not increase service rates.
Depending on the location, some consumers may realize increases if their treatment provider raises rates, Pollick said.
The board approved a $30 million capital budget that includes $19 million in projects and another $11 million invested in the wastewater network across the district’s five-county service area.
“Economic development is the biggest reason there are no rate increases this year. Overall water usage was flat, but a single local industry, that started additional production this year, caused a significant increase in water use. It’s important to note that past decisions by our board of trustees attracted these types of industries, and it’s paying off now. Additionally, our staff has taken multiple steps to safely maintain quality water and sewer services throughout the pandemic. The district team was able to reduce expenses and curtail expenditures during this challenging year,” said district president, Jerry Greiner.
While the full impact of COVID-19 has yet to be assessed, it was not a significant impact on revenue, he said.

Water agreement
The district has also approved an agreement with the Village of North Baltimore for purchasing and distributing water to serve areas in southern Wood County and northern Hancock County, including the Village of McComb.
The district completed a study this year, outlining long-term improvements and estimated costs to maintain the McComb water treatment plant, as well as several options for replacement of the plant.
One option was to secure another source to provide potable water directly to residents at a similar cost.
“This contract with…North Baltimore could make that long-term option more viable”, Greiner said.


The Press

The Press
1550 Woodville Road
Millbury, OH 43447

(419) 836-2221

Email Us

Facebook Twitter

Ohio News Media Association