I am interested in water and sewer services, what must I do?
A: If an existing
water or sewer line is available, please contact the District
for fees and charges. Extensions of existing water or sewer
lines are often initiated either by EPA or Health Department
orders for sewage treatment. Extensions of water or sewer
lines also can originate through petitions submitted by benefiting
property owners. Petitions for service can be obtained by contacting
the District office.
Q: Do I have to tap into
the water or sewer if a line is extended past my property even
when I may benefit?
A: No, you are
not required to tap into a water line but
you could be assessed for this benefit since you now have improved
fire protection capability.
On the other hand, the Wood County Health Department rules require
you to tap into a local sewer line if
your “plumbed building’s” foundation is within
400 feet of a public sewer line.
Q: How much can I expect to
pay in a water or sewer assessment?
A: Water and sewer project costs
vary due to either density of homes or geography of the area to be served which
may include rock excavation and other natural problems. However, a water assessment
for a single-family dwelling with approximately 100 feet of frontage averages
between $6,000 and $23,000 over the last few projects that we have done. Sewer
projects on the other hand, are generally more expensive due to more complex
construction required to provide services. Both of these ranges vary
greatly due to the scope of the area and the complexity of the project, availability
of grants, and the number of affected dwelling units.
Q: How does the Northwestern Water & Sewer
District decide whether to proceed on a petitioned water or sewer project?
A: Whereas the Ohio Revised Code
does not specify the necessary percentages of support to proceed with a project,
our Board does seek specific support through public meetings before choosing
to proceed with spending money on preliminary engineering and design. The
current policy requires at least 60% of the benefiting property owners to sign
the petition in order for the Board to consider it. If this percentage
is reached, the Board may choose to proceed and assess all property owners
along the route who benefit. If this percentage is not reached, the project
could proceed, but without assessing all owners. In this case, only those
residents who petitioned for the project would be charged.
Q: If I choose to tap into a water line,
will I have the option of retaining my well?
A: Yes, you are allowed to continue
using your well for outside, non-domestic water use. However, these sources
cannot be cross-connected or used for indoor, domestic use. So, in essence,
you must have two separate piping systems: one for inside use, the second
Q: Will the likely source be river or
lake water? What is the water quality?
A: The source of the water may
be from any one of five water providers. Depending on your distance from the
source and the service area in which you reside, it may be from the city of
Oregon, Toledo, Perrysburg, Bowling Green or Fostoria. On the sewer side, Lucas
County also provides treatment as well as the entities listed previously. Oregon
and Toledo treat lake water. Perrysburg purchases water from Toledo and resells
it. Bowling Green and Fostoria treat water from rivers or stored in reservoirs.
Copies of the current year’s Consumer Confidence
Reports (CCR) are available
by contacting the District. These reports provide details on the water
quality for each water system.
Q: What side of the road will be chosen
A: Engineers determine the most
cost effective and sensible means to serve the project. Thus, details vary
based on the location of other utilities, road right-of-way options, and a
variety of natural barriers.
Q: Can farm ground be assessed?
A: Yes, but if the farm ground
meets the "agricultural use" definition of the Wood County Auditor,
the assessment can be deferred from collection until the ground no longer meets
We hope you find this information useful. Remember,
these are GENERAL answers to the common, most often asked questions. As you
know, specific projects may vary on these issues.