Partnerships Improve Water Treatment
TMACOG water quality planners recently toured a new wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Bloomdale in southern Wood County. The new plant is addressing critical water issues for rural villages in the region. Before the plant was built, households in the Village of Bairdstown were struggling with failing septic systems that were polluting area waterways. In the Village of Bloomdale, a 35-year-old wastewater treatment system needed updates urgently. Both areas were under directions from the Ohio EPA to make improvements. The solution was to join forces with Northwestern Water & Sewer District (The District). Through regionalizing, the District was able to secure grants from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) Unsewered Community Program along with Principal Forgiveness from OEPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to pay for approximately 60% of the $5.8 project. Failing septic systems in Bairdstown have now been replaced by sewers that transport sewage to the new Bloomdale water reclamation facility.
Work on sewers and the new plant was completed in September, 2017 after just about a year of construction. The plant is owned and operated by Northwestern Water & Sewer District.
A new water reclamation plant in the Village of Bloomdale has eliminated failing
home sewage treatment systems and protects area waterways.