Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 4:00pm
3230 N. Cole St
Lima, OH 45801
Welcome 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.
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
Department Inflow and Infiltration Remediation
The major causes of SSO’s are Infiltration and Inflow (I/I), which is stormwater entering the sanitary sewer directly or through the soil or stone. The three main areas where I/I occur are sanitary sewer mainlines, manholes and laterals. Throughout this remediation project we have used Wade & Associates, Inc., out of Lawrence, Kansas, to conduct Manhole, Mainline and Lateral Inspections, Smoke and Dye Testing, and In House Inspections.
In House Inspections determine whether your sanitary sewer service is installed in accordance to the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department, Rules, Regulations, and Specification for proper connection to service laterals. In the event a violation is discovered, the property owner will be given 60 days to correct the violation.
Smoke Testing is used to detect sanitary sewer and storm sewer cross connections, unacceptable sanitary sewer laterals and downspout cross connection to sanitary sewer laterals.
Gomer Sewer Improvement Area
The project area is an unincorporated area located along Pike Run in Sugar Creek Township. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has documented nuisance conditions within the area which have violated OAC 3745-1-04 (State Water Quality Standards) due to off lot discharge of sanitary wastes. Individual homes are served by cesspools, septic tanks or on-site home units which discharge off-site to various storm sewer outlets. Pike Run at Gomer is on the list of prioritized impaired waters in the “OEPA 2014 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report” due to non-attainment of human health and recreation assessment criteria as a Class B, Primary Contact for Recreation use stream.
On May 15, 2015 notification was sent to OEPA for review for the General Study outlining alternatives to resolve the water quality violations.
July 21, 2016: A project update letter was sent out to all property owners within the project area.
June 20, 2017: An informational meeting was held for all property owners in the project area.
Shawnee Sewer Sub-District SECAP
This is a capital improvement project that was developed to eliminate the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) throughout the Shawnee area. SSO’s are discharges of raw sewage from municipal sanitary sewer systems. SSO’s release untreated sewage into basements or out of manholes and onto city streets, playgrounds and into streams before it can reach a treatment facility.
Manhole and Mainline Inspections were done to determine problematic areas where infiltration is occurring.
Lateral Inspections were completed by placing a portable camera within the lateral through a clean out. Once the camera has viewed the entire length of the lateral, all deficiencies are recorded and our office will give written notice to the property owners of repairs that need to be addressed. It is the responsibility of each property owner to make repairs to the laterals, outside of the road right-of-way, within ninety days.
August 2016: Phase I flow monitoring began to determine capital improvement needs.
Slabtown/Bluelick Sewerline Extension Project
This project began due to maltreated sewage flowing into open water behind the Bluelick General Store. The cause was due to a tile serving multiple homes on Bluelick Road.
May 12, 2017: Income Surveys were sent to property owners to determine eligibility for state or federal assistance with the overall project cost.
Springbrook Estates Sewer Improvement Area
- Water quality violations causing an existing health and water pollution hazard
- Resident complaints
- Failing on-lot systems
The project will serve approximately 84 property owners located within Springbrook Estates, N. West Street, SR 65 and SR 115 areas.
January 2014 to present: Income surveys and financial assistance research has been ongoing to help with reducing the cost of the project.
April 1, 2016: A project update letter was sent out to property owners within the project area.
September 27, 2016: The Board of County Commissioners authorized the submission of a USDA application for funding assistance.
April 22, 2017: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department with an Earth Day Plaque for committing to a healthy environments within the County.
October 2017: The County has been working toward getting all easements within the project area signed by property owners. Once all easements are signed USDA will issue closing instructions for financing. Once funding in finalized the County will work toward a bid on the project. A meeting with the public will occur once the funding is finalized.