Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:58
Two Wood County villages and several villages in Henry County are in need of water and looking to Bowling Green as a possible source.
"Bloomdale has a water crisis. They cannot meet their demands," William Barber, engineer for the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, told Bowling Green's Board of Public Utilities Monday night.
Barber said one possible connection for Bloomdale is via the line that serves Elmwood School on Jerry City Road. The district buys water from Bowling Green to serve Elmwood and other customers in that area. Bloomdale also provides water to Bairdstown.
Barber said several Bloomdale wells have failed in the past year and new wells have not provided enough flow to meet the need.
Barber said the district is working on funding to build an eight-inch line and booster station to Bloomdale "but before we move ahead we need to know if we can get an amendment to our contract with the city."
Bloomdale's usage is estimated at 50,000 gallons of water a day and Bairdstown could use up to 10,000 gallons per day. The district is asking that 75,000 gallons a day be added to its contract with the city.
"I do not see a problem with an additional 75,000 gallons," BPU Member John Mekus said. "We have the capacity."
Member John Quinn asked if Fostoria had been considered as a source.
"The distance from Fostoria to Bloomdale would add about $1 million to the capital costs. North Baltimore is also a possibility but there are concerns about maintaining disinfection. I feel confident about your water because of what you have done with your water plant," Barber said.
Another source for Bloomdale is Findlay, which has a line that serves the village of Van Buren in northern Hancock County. Capital costs are also a concern with that source, Barber said.
Although it took no formal vote, the BPU indicated that Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell and Barber should work on a contract amendment. The city sells water to outside sources at a surcharged rate. Any contract amendment would have to be approved by the BPU.
To the west in Henry County, Tom Stalter of Poggemeyer Design Group said McClure and Liberty Center are interested in connecting with the Grand Rapids system for water. Since the early 1990s the city has sold water to Grand Rapids via a line that village built along Ohio 65 from the city's treatment plant on the Maumee River.
Stalter said McClure's water plant is "in poor shape" and "Liberty Center would probably sign up tomorrow" if it had the option. Stalter estimated the combined need of several interested villages would not exceed 300,000 gallons per day.
"Their situations are not as critical as Bloomdale but they are looking for another source," he said. Poggemeyer Design Group hopes to wrap up a study on water supplies for the Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District in the next 30 days.
Mekus said he wants to make sure the city is charging enough on outside sales to keep its own water rate down.
Quinn said the city has a good supply of water but wondered about going outside of Wood County and also what other demands there might be in Wood County.
O'Connell said he would work with Poggemeyer on a possible contract amendment.
The board also:
• Thanked Rick Schmidt for his 14 years of service to the BPU. He has moved from the city and will settle in Charleston, S.C., later this year.
• Heard the 2011 annual report of the BG Community Development Foundation from Director Sue Clark.
• Approved seeking bids to replace an eight-inch sanitary sewer on East Wooster Street between the CSX tracks and the Manville-Thurstin intersection. Two emergency repairs in the area have led to a video inspection that shows the entire section of line is failing.