Northwestern Water and Sewer District
The Northwestern Water & Sewer District ( NWSD) is a regional service that builds and maintains water and sewer service to customers in Wood County. The district works closely with TMACOG and with the Wood County Economic Development Commission, Wood County Health Department, and the Wood County Port Authority.
TMACOG coordinates with NWSD and partners to plan sewers in the county. According to TMACOG Vice President of Environmental Planning Kurt Erichsen, “Northwestern Water and Sewer plays a critical role in protecting public health and water quality in Wood County. When the county health department identifies problem areas and the EPA orders sewers, the district builds them. Northwestern is very helpful to communities in funding these projects.”
NWSD was organized in 1994 to take over the water and sewer operations of the Wood County Sanitary Engineer. The district is specifically intended to establish a water distribution and wastewater collection system, create uniform and equitable rates, and exercise consistent regulatory authority for water and wastewater services. By combining systems to share operation and maintenance costs, the district is able to provide professional management and service personnel throughout the area. In 2010, NWSD had projects in all areas of the county such as those to serve the new CSX facility in the south and First Solar in the north, as well as improvements that provide service to other communities including Northwood, Rossford, and Perrysburg.
In addition to building sewers and water lines, NWSD provides bulk water (used by farmers, for filling swimming pools, or for filling cisterns in rural areas), and drinking water by the jug. A new 24-hour facility was recently opened in North Baltimore at the National Gateway Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal.
Jerry Greiner, executive director of NWSD, attends many TMACOG functions and has served on TMACOG committees. He says, “TMACOG committees provide an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas on managing public infrastructure for the public’s good. The many opportunities TMACOG provide offer governments of all sizes and types the chance to get involved and participate.”