Contact: Lou Thourot, Water Plant Supt.
The Wauseon Water Plant is in charge of supplying potable (i.e., safe to drink) water to the City of Wauseon and outlying areas. We are enforced by the Ohio EPA to meet stringent drinking water requirements. The water plant is located at 14514 County Road C, south of Wauseon. We currently treat approximately 1 million gallons per day, with the ability to treat up to 3 million gallons per day if necessary. The water plant is not automated, so city personnel staff the plant all hours of potable water production; currently 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
The water plant is tied to the distribution system. The City of Wauseon has two elevated towers with 1 million gallons of reserved capacity. Fulton County has a 100,000 gallon tank that is located at the Fulton County fairgrounds that is part of the City of Wauseon's system. Another 1 million gallons of treated water storage is located underground at the water plant. We also provide water to the Village of Lyons.
Raw water to the water plant is supplied via two upground reservoirs. The reservoirs are supplied water via pump stations at two area creeks, and recently, a line to Napoleon has been installed to supply raw water from the Maumee River. We can also send water from the reservoir back to the City of Napoleon for treatment through this line in the circumstance that the Maumee River water is not suitable to treat to drinking water standards. This line is not tied to the potable drinking water line that runs to the Wauseon distribution system. Maumee River water is sent to the reservoir to stabilize and settle before being sent to the water plant.
Plant personnel must be certified to operate a water plant in the State of Ohio through the Ohio EPA. Certifications also are required to be able to perform microbiological and wet chemistry testing that is necessary for plant operations.
The City of Wauseon water plant is a class 3 lime/soda softening plant. Chemicals that are used for water treatment include but are not limited to Line (softening), aluminum sulfate (coagulation), caustic soda (softening), hydrofluorosilic acid (fluoride), tripolyphosphate (sequestering agent), chlorine (disinfection), carbon dioxide (pH adjustment and stabilization), activated carbon (pretreatment), and potassium permanganate (pretreatment). All employees are trained in the use, testing, and safe handling of these chemicals.
Information about Boil Alerts and Water Main Breaks
Boil Alerts: Boil Alerts happen most often when a water main breaks and it has to be de-pressurized for repair. OEPA mandates that boil alerts be issued any time a distribution main is taken down below 20 psi. (pressure in pounds per square inch). Typically, only one block of customers are affected by a main break. The Public Works employees are able to shut valves in the system to minimize the number of customers out of service. The Public Works Department utilizes a tag system to notify customers affected by a boil alert and to notify customers when the alert has been lifted. The tag to issue a boil alert is red and contains specific instructions to ensure your safety. When the alert is canceled, a blue tag is issued.
Broken water mains can quickly cause severe erosion, damage to streets and property. In some cases, they can drain the reserve water in the elevated towers and the supply in storage at the Water Treatment Plant. Therefore, Public Works personnel focus their efforts in these emergencies to shutting down the leaking section and repairing the problem as soon as possible. If you suddenly notice there is no water flowing or the flow is greatly reduced, chances are you are affected by a main break. The Public Works Department strives to restore your service as fast as possible. If this occurs at your residence or place of business, look for a red tag on the front door. Once the repairs are made, these tags are placed on the affected doors before our personnel leave the job-site.
A bacteria sample is collected from the area of the break and taken to the lab for analysis. Once at the lab it takes a minimum of twenty four hours for the sample to be read. The sample must pass the test for the boil alert to be removed. So, the minimum amount of time a boil alert will be in effect is a little over twenty four hours. A second tag will be placed on the front door as soon as the all clear can be issued (blue tag). This tag clearly states that the alert is over and it is ok to resume your normal water use practices. If you temporarily lose service and do not receive an alert tag (or other notice of disconnection), please contact the Public Works Department at 419-335-8376 or the Police Department after hours and on weekends and holidays.