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Stephen M. Kayatin
Sanitary Engineer

RightLineWelcome to the Sanitary Engineering Department

The Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department is split into two divisions, the Wastewater Treatment Division (WWTD) and the Wastewater Collection Maintenance Division (WWCMD), with the main office of the Sanitary Engineer coordinating the day to day operations.

The WWTD is responsible for the maintenance and operations of all wastewater treatment plants and the operations of the sludge management program. The WWTD operates three major treatment plants located in Bath, Shawnee and American Townships and three smaller package treatment plants located in Bath and Richland Townships.

The WWCMD is responsible for the maintenance and operation of approximately 170 miles of sewer lines, 54 high pressure sewage lift stations and 150 low pressure lift stations located within American, Auglaize, Bath, Jackson, Monroe, Perry, Richland and Shawnee Townships.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm

Main Office:
3230 N. Cole St
Lima, OH 45801

Contact Info:
Main Office: (419) 996-4670
Fax: (419) 229-3297
After-hours Emergency: (888) 229-9645
Sewer Billing: (419) 996-4683
Accounts Payable: (419) 996-4680
Sewer Maintenance: (419) 996-4670
American/Bath WWTP: (419) 225-8048
American #2 WWTP: (419) 996-4696
Shawnee #2 WWTP: (419) 999-3941
GovDeals Inquiries: (419) 996-4678

Service Areas

Choose an Area below to view detailed information:

Click the map below for a larger view.  Each highlighted area will be listed below the map with details on the location.

Basins

 

4th Street/Bowman Road Wastewater Collection Sewer Subdistrict

This project was initiated by many property owner complaints to the Perry Township Trustees about the unpleasant odors and sewage being discharged to an unnamed ditch located within the project area. The Allen County Sanitary Engineers in conjunction with the Allen County Health Department conducted a field sampling investigation of the project area. Field samples were tested and determined to have high levels of fecal coliform and biological oxygen demand (BOD). An informational meeting will be scheduled to inform all property owners of the unsanitary conditions, and what can be done to alleviate the problem.


American Bath Wastewater Sewer Subdistrict

The American-Bath Wastewater Sewer Subdistrict originated from the need to gain control of the septic system discharges and the rapid growth of the American and Bath Townships in the late 1960’s. The original plant came online in 1968 and was designed to treat .4 MGD (Million Gallons Day). Due to continued growth the old plant underwent expansion in 1988 to increase its capabilities to .6 MGD.

Wtih the ensuing contract with the Village of Cairo to treat their wastewater, and the increase in customer base, the decision was made to build a new facility and abondon the old plant. Therefore in 1996 the current US Filter based Orbial Oxidation Ditch Plant came online with the Design capability of 1.5 MGD.

American-Bath Wastewater Treatment Plant Description

DESIGN FLOW: 1.5 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
PEAK FLOW: 4.0 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 450 MILLION GALLONS
ANNUAL SOLIDS REMOVED: 150 DRY TONS

 

PARAMITER: RAW AVERAGE FINAL AVERAGE % REMOVAL
SUSPENDED SOLIDS 786 MG/L 3.6 MG/L 99.5%
BOD 318 MG/L 4.3 MG/L 98.7%
AMMONIA 11.1 MG/L .09 MG/L 99.2%
PHOSPHORUS 8.0 MG/L .55 MG/L 93.2%

American II Wastewater Sewer Subdistrict

In 1974, the American II Wastewater Treatment Plant was put on line. The plant was designed as a conventional activated sludge plant.

The plant is designed for. 8 Million Gallons per day and consists of bar screens and parallel grit chambers followed by comminutors. Four lift pumps carry the sewage to parallel primary settling tanks. The primary tanks removed settled and floating solids that are stored in the sludge storage tank. The sewage flowed into the aeration tanks where air is introduced and mixed. In 1991, walls were constructed to divide the aeration tanks into two tanks; contact and stabilization. This modification of the tanks increased the treatment capabilities of the system.

The sewage then passes into the final settling tanks where solids settle and are returned to the stabilization tank, or pumped to the sludge holding tank. The final tank effluent then passes through two parallel microstrainers where it is filtered to 10 microns. The filtered effluent is chlorinated to kill bacteria and dechlorinated before discharged to Dug Run. The sludge is pumped from the sludge holding tank to an anaerobic digester where it is digested prior to applying it to farmland.

American II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation and Design Data

DESIGN FLOW: .8 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
PEAK FLOW: 3.1 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 165.44 MILLION GALLONS
ANNUAL SOLIDS REMOVED: 62 DRY TONS
PARAMITER: RAW AVERAGE FINAL AVERAGE % REMOVAL
SUSPENDED SOLIDS 410 MG/L 14 MG/L 99.96%
BOD 282 MG/L 13 MG/L 99.95%
AMMONIA 16.8 MG/L 2.1 MG/L 99.88%
PHOSPHORUS 8.7 MG/L 2.8 MG/L 99.67%

Cairo Wastewater Collection Sewer Subdistrict

In September of 1997 a contract was agreed upon between the Village of Cairo and Allen County for the treatment, and operation and maintenance of the newly constructed sanitary sewer within the Village of Cairo. This agreement includes the Village of Cairo maintaining ownership of the sanitary sewer with the Allen County Sanitary Engineer treating the sewage flowing from the Village to the American/Bath Wastewater Treatment Plant. Also included in this agreement, the County will be responsible for both the operation and maintenance of the sanitary sewer for many years to come.


Deep Creek Estates Wastewater Collection Sewer Subdistrict

This project is owned and maintained by the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department and flows are connected to the County’s system for collection and treatment. The Shawnee #2 Wastewater Treatment Plant treats the sewage in this subdistrict.


Delmar Addition/Glenn Avenue Sewer Improvement Area

This is an assessment project that was initiated by many property owner complaints to the Perry Township Trustees about the unpleasant odors in the air.  Perry Township then contacted our office about an initial sewer design that would help eliminate the problem.  The project boundaries for this project consist of Clyde Avenue, Kingston Avenue, Charledon Avenue and sections of both 8th and 9th Streets.  Procedures for this project are scheduled to start in the beginning of 2002 with a preliminary estimated cost of construction at $1,039,140.00.  State grant funds, a local government match and user debt service will provide funding for this project.


Dixie Highway Wastewater Collection Sewer Subdistrict

In February of 2009 a contract was generated between the Village of Ft. Shawnee and Allen County for the treatment of wastewater from the newly constructed sanitary sewer within Allen Township. This agreement states that the County is responsible for the ownership, construction, operation and maintenance of the sanitary sewer.


Findlay Road Wastewater Collection Sewer Subdistrict

In September of 1997 a contract was generated between the City of Lima and Allen County for the treatment of wastewater from the newly constructed sanitary sewer within Bath Township. This agreement states that the County is responsible for the ownership, construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed sanitary sewer.


Harrod Road Sewer Improvement Project

The Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department took on the costs to undertake this project in 2011. An agreement was made between the Village of Harrod and Allen County to collect and treat areas within the Auglaize Township Sewer subdistrict #1.


Jackson-Auglaize Sewer Improvement Project

The Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department took on the costs to undertake this project in 2004. An agreement was made between the Village of Lafayette and Allen County to collect and areas within the Allen East School district.


Shawnee II Wastewater Treatment Plant & Collection System Description

A recent Geograpic Information System (GIS) Project was completed on the Shawnee II Wastewater Collection System. The public is now able to view a computer generated map displaying our departments facilities.

Select from the following to view the GIS map of Shawnee:
Elm Street, Indianbrook, St Rt 117 and Adjacent Subdivisions
Shawnee Rd between 117 & Ft. Amanda & Fairway View Estates
Yoakam Rd, Shawnee Meadows, Breese Rd and Shawnee Schools
Reed Rd, S Dixie Hwy and Industrial Pk West
S Dixie Hwy, Frail Rd, Elmview, Shawnee Lanes Subdivision

In 1974, the Shawnee II Wastewater Treatment Plant was put on line. The plant was designed as a conventional activated sludge plant with a Zimpro unit to process sludge. The plant is designed to treat 1.2 million gallons per day and process sludge at the rate of 10 gallons per minute.

The original plant consists of bar screens and parallel grit chambers followed by comminutors. Six lift pumps carry the sewage to parallel primary settling tanks. The primary tanks removed settled and floating solids that were stored in the sludge storage tank. The sewage flowed into the aeration tanks where air is introduced and mixed.

The sewage then passes into the final settling tanks where solids settle and are returned to the aeration tank or pumped to the sludge holding tank. The final tank effluent then passes through two parallel microstrainers where it is filtered to 10 microns. The filtered effluent is chlorinated to kill bacteria and dechlorinated before discharged to the Ottawa River.

The sludge pumped from the sludge holding tank is processed by the Zimpro unit, a wet air oxidation unit that combined heat and pressure to sterilize the sludge, prior to applying it to farmland.

In 1994, the upgrade and expansion of the plant was complete with a two tank SBR (Sequencing Batch Reactor). The new plant utilized the existing grit chamber and pump room and increased the pumping capacity to 2.0 million gallons per day design flow with wet weather pumping capacity of 3.5 million gallons per day.

The SBR treatment process is a two-basin computer controlled alternating sequence process. These sequences are Fill when sewage is pumped into the basin. React where the sewage is mixed and aerated. Settle when the basin is very quiescent and the solids settle to the bottom of the basin. Decant is when the clear water is let out to be chlorinated and dechlorinated and discharged to the Ottawa River.

Sludge is removed after the decant cycle and pumped to the old plant where we are using the aeration tanks as aerobic digesters. After the sludge is digested, it is thickened on a gravity belt. This concentrates the sludge before it is applied to local farm ground.

DESIGN FLOW: 2.0 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
PEAK FLOW: 4.5 MILLION GALLONS PER DAY
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 740 MILLION GALLONS
ANNUAL SOLIDS REMOVED: 282 DRY TONS
PARAMITER: RAW AVERAGE FINAL AVERAGE % REMOVAL
SUSPENDED SOLIDS 644 MG/L 1.2 MG/L 99.8%
BOD 349 MG/L 2.6 MG/L 99.3%
AMMONIA 11.0 MG/L 1.1 MG/L 90.0%
PHOSPHORUS 8.72 MG/L .54 MG/L 93.8%

Shawnee Oaks Wastewater Collection Sewer Subdistrict

In August of 1966 a contract was generated between the Village of Cridersville and Allen County for the treatment of wastewater from the newly constructed sanitary sewer within Shawnee Township. This agreement states that the County is responsible for the ownership, construction, operation and maintenance of the sanitary sewer.

In March of 2014 a Sewage Treatment Agreement was signed by the mayor for the Village of Cridersville to have wastewater treatment continued


Stony Ridge Subdivision Cul-de-sac

The Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department has owned and maintained this subdivision since 2005. The American-Bath Wastewater Treatment Plant treats the sewage from the area and has the capacity to treat the additional flow during dry weather flows.


Thayer Road Sewer Improvement Project

This Service area is also known as the Union Chapel Missionary Church Sewer Improvement Project. The project was completed in 2012.


Village of Beaverdam Water and Sewer Improvement Area

This is a project within the project boundaries of the Village of Beaverdam, which includes a Water Tower, a Waterline Extension and two Lagoons to accommodate the development in the area.  Fanning and Howey Associates, Inc., in Celina, Ohio, is providing professional design services for all three developments.

Speedway SuperAmerica LLC took on the cost to construct a sanitary sewer collection system within Richaland township in 2006. An agreement was passed to allow the Village of Beaverdam to treat and bill customers within the service area. The Village then remits a conveyance fee to the County on a quarterly basis.


Village of Westminster Pollution Investigation and Abatement

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has brought about this project after a water quality survey was conducted on the Upper Auglaize River. A portion of this survey was done from June 19, 2000 thru August 21, 2000 of an unnamed tributary that flows through Westminster and into the Upper Auglaize River.


Woodbriar Sewer Sub-District

A study was conducted by Kohli & Kaliher in September 2007 to determine whether the Woodbriar plant should get upgraded or abandoned. The treatment plant was ultimately abandoned and flow was redirected by force main to the Findlay Road sewer system.