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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

Projects

Eagle Rail Water and Sewer Improvement Area

Eagle Rail is rapidly expanding (65 current jobs, projecting at least 70 new jobs and $2.5M capital investment in the net 3 years) due to federal requalification requirements on petrochemical rail cars, which is their core business – remanufacturing rail cars are a critical component of the petrochemical supply chain. Eagle Rail is prevented from expanding at their current, rural Allen County site due to a private, on site sewer and well-water system. Specifically, their septic leech fields prevent future building construction. A co-located company, Chemtrade Logistics, is also in need of municipal water to support their expanding chemical production operation (projected cap investment of $3.6M in the next 3 years). Both companies would benefit in the public water and sewer infrastructure and are willing to share in part of the project cost. The public water and sewer lines would be run from the nearby Village of Cairo.

Project Updates

November 2014: Parties involved with the waterline and sewer line projects collaborated together to have the County make application to the Ohio Development Services Agency for a CDBG Economic Development grant to assist with the cost of a combined water and sewer project. All waterline easement acquisition efforts by Chemtrade were suspended pending state review of the grant request.

On April 23, 2015 a Release of Funds notice was issued by the Ohio Development Services Agency to fund 50% of the cost of the water and sewer improvements up to a maximum of $600,000.

June 2015: An Informational Meeting was held on June 17, 2015 at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s office where a presentation was made to the property owners affected by the construction of the water and sewer improvements.


Shawnee Sewer Sub-District SECAP and SSO Remediation Program

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. 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.

Example of an SSO within Allen County
Example of an SSO within Allen County

Manhole and Mainline Inspections were done to determine problematic areas where infiltration is occurring.

Mainline Inspections
Mainline Inspections
Manhole Inspection
Manhole Inspection

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.

County Employee Preparing to Inspect a Lateral
County Employee Preparing to Inspect a Lateral
Equipment Used for Lateral Inspections
Equipment Used for Lateral 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.

Man Tree

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.

Sewer and Storm Sewer Cross Connections.
Sewer and Storm Sewer Cross Connections.
Unacceptable Sanitary Sewer Laterals
Unacceptable Sanitary Sewer Laterals
Downspout Cross Connection to Sanitary Sewer Laterals.
Downspout Cross Connection to Sanitary Sewer Laterals.

Project Updates

February 26, 2003: The contract with Wade & Associates, Inc. has been completed for inspection of the Shawnee Collection System. Review of the Wade & Associates, Inc. report has caused the department to take a different approach to remediating the infiltration/inflow of stormwater into the sanitary sewer system. We feel as though a pilot study area needs to be developed to evaluate the methods and policies to be developed for elimination of stormwater. The pilot study area will be the Seriff Sub-Basin drainage area. An informational meeting will be scheduled with all affected property owners in the Seriff Sub-Basin drainage area to communicate the details of how we plan to remediate the stormwater. An evaluation of our success will be made by departmental staff at the conclusion of the pilot study. The method used in the pilot study will be a template for the balance of Shawnee Collection System. An informational meeting will be scheduled for all property owners in the balance of the Shawnee Collection System to detail the success of the pilot study, and how similar methods will be used for the rest of our Shawnee customer base. The Seriff Sub-Basin drainage area pilot study may take up to two (2) years to complete. If you have any questions, please contact our office. We will try to get this information out in the form of a mailing to all Shawnee customers.

July 2005: The manhole rehabilitation, and sanitary sewer rehabilitation has been completed in the Seriff Sub-Basin Pilot Project area. For more information on details of the Seriff Sub-Basin Pilot Project see the project status section of our web site. The department will begin sanitary sewer rehabilitation of our second pilot project area known as the Shawnee Meadows Pilot Project. The Shawnee Meadows Pilot Project area also has a separate project status location on our web site. The Board of County Commissioners, Allen County, Ohio signed Findings and Orders (Copy) with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requiring the elimination of the sanitary sewer overflows (sso’s) from the Shawnee and American/Bath Collection Systems. The anticipation of receiving Findings and Orders from the State of Ohio is the reason for expediting the Shawnee Collection System I/I Remediation Program.

August 2007: The Sanitary Engineering Department entered into formal agreement with the consulting firm of URS Corporation for the development of a System Evaluation Capacity Assurance Program (SECAP) for the Shawnee II sewer system. The SECAP includes a review of the current sewer system, a review of all improvements made to the system, and a review of all flow data derived from the sewer system. The SECAP also includes a provision to model the flow hydraulics of the sewer system. The data generated will be used to develop the needed improvements to handle the wet weather flow for both the sewer system, and the wastewater treatment plant.

April 2009: The Sanitary Engineering Department submitted the Final SECAP to OEPA per Resolution #337-09 that was passed on April 29, 2009.

June 2012: The Sanitary Engineering Department sent a request to OEPA for a five year extension of the Director’s Final Findings and Orders on June 28, 2012.

October 2012: On October 2, 2012, OEPA responds to the five year extension request to the Director’s Final Findings and Orders. OEPA will consider the extension based on the evaluation of additional information.


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.

Project Updates

On July 10, 2012 the Board of County Commissioners received an initial letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency documenting water quality violations located at a bridge just north of the intersection of Gomer Road and Lincoln Highway.

August 2013: Allen County conducted additional field sampling on September 20, 2012, July 15 & 29, 2013 and August 5, 2013 with follow-up testing results to determine the scope of the problem and to confirm water quality standards were being violated.

On August 14, 2014 the Board of County Commissioners sent a letter to the OEPA confirming water quality violations in the project area, and preparations to be made for completion of a General Study outlining alternatives to resolve water quality violations.

On May 15, 2015 notification was sent to OEPA for review for the General Study outlining alternatives to resolve the water quality violations.

Click here to view the letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency dated July 10, 2012 in pdf format.

Click here to view the letter dated August 4, 2014 that the County Commissioners sent to the OEPA with testing results in pdf format.

Click here to view the Gomer General Study


Springbrook Estates Sewer Improvement Area

A public sanitary sewer project is proposed for the Springbrook Estates Sewer Improvement Area.The project is being initiated due to the following:

  1. Water quality violations causing an existing health and water pollution hazard
  2. Resident complaints
  3. 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.

Project Updates

On October 6, 2011 sampling of ditches and catch basins were completed by the Allen County Health Department and Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department with test results showing water quality violations.

On May 15, 2012 sampling of ditches and catch basins were completed by the Allen County Health Department and Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department with test results showing water quality violations.

On July 13, 2012 the Allen County Health Department made recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners to install public sanitary sewers to eliminate an existing health and water pollution hazard.

On August 28, 2013 a public Informational Meeting was held at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s office to make a presentation to the affected property owners located within the project area.

January 2014 to present: Income surveys and financial assistance research has been ongoing to help with reducing the cost of the project.

Click here to view the Springbrook Testing Results in pdf format.

Click here to view the Springbrook Estates Sewer Improvement Area Informational Meeting that was held on August 28, 2013 in pdf format.


Consolidation

Regional Water and Sewer District

The Allen County Sanitary Engineering Department and the Allen Water District have proposed the idea of consolidating into a regional water and sewer district within Allen County. Click on the links below to learn more about the proposal.

Feasibility Study 2017

Appendix A-G

Appendices H-I

Appendices J-M

Click here to view the Allen Water District Organizational Structure