From the Water Treatment Plant

(Information Provided by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency)

Protecting our Public Water System

Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control

Backflow is the flow of water or other liquids, mixtures, or substances into the distributing pipes of a potable water supply from any source other than the intended source of the potable water supply.

A cross-connection is any physical link or route that makes it possible for contamination to flow into the potable water system.  While a cross-connection provides the physical link, there must also be a pressure differential that acts to force the contamination into the potable water system.  Backflow will occur when the pressure in the potable water system is lower than the pressure in the system containing the contamination.  The physical link could be a drain line, a hose dropped into a mud puddle, a sprayer attached to a bathtub faucet, or any other condition that would allow flow of a contaminant into the potable water supply.  Backflow will also occur across a service connection to the public water system thereby introducing contamination into the public drinking water supply.

The potential hazard of backflow occurring in almost any public water system is quite possible.  In many homes, factories, and public buildings the existence of improper plumbing connections present cross-connections that may, under certain conditions, make it possible for water to flow the “wrong way”.  The probability of backflow occurring at any given outlet may be very small, but due to the large number of possible situations, the probability becomes significant and must be proactively addressed.

For more information, please utilize this link for a Protecting our Public Water Systems brochure ( or to request a paper copy please contact Matt Demaline at (419)822-4143 or email

From the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Careful what we flush !

This department has responded to numerous calls already in 2023 for slow or backed up sanitary sewer. In most of these cases the blockage is being caused by materials and objects not intended for the system. The most frequent issue is rags, washcloths and underwear that has been flushed and gets caught on a protruding root, crack in the pipe or simply the neighbor’s connection into the system.

Several areas of the Village are served by lift stations, which collect the sanitary waste and pump it to anther area of the village where it can flow by gravity to the treatment plant.

In cases where the foreign debris is flushed down a toilet and makes it to one of the five lift stations in our system, these objects will plug the grinder pumps, causing the station to malfunction creating backups for numerous properties.

We ask that everyone be considerate and not dispose of trash by flushing down the toilet.

Should residents have a question or concern please contact Chris Maier, Superintendent of Wastewater operations at or 419-822-3244.