Village of Spencerville

116 S. Broadway St.

Spencerville, Ohio  45887

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Waste Water Department

Located at: 1225 S. St. Marys Rd.

Phone Number: 419-647-4853

In 1998 and 1999, the Village’s wastewater treatment plant was upgraded to meet or exceed our current NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit.  The upgrade was a major expense but one that was definitely needed to meet the requirements set forth by the Ohio EPA.

The new plant was designed by Floyd Browne Associates (FBA) in Marion, Ohio, with the construction  being performed by Tuttle Construction in Lima, Ohio and Sollmann Electric in Sidney, Ohio.  It was decided that the best plant for Spencerville would be a sequencing batch reactor (SBR), this type of plant would be able to effectively treat any type of flow either in terms of strength of wastewater or during high flow periods.

The Village’s wastewater collection system (WWCS) is what takes the wastewater to the treatment plant.  This system must be maintained and repaired as necessary, failure to do so could result in problems at the WWTP.

Our current collection system is strictly for wastewater, however, during heavy rain events, the flow at the plant is significantly increased due to the entrance of storm water into the WWCS. This storm water comes from a couple different places.  First, there are leaks in the pipe joints and manhole joints, which allow water to enter the WWCS, this  is called infiltration.  Second, there are numerous “illegal” connections throughout the community.  These are mainly basement sump pumps that are connected directly to the WWCS, this is called inflow.

Because of the fluctuation in flows, the WWTP had to be designed to handle the most extreme flow conditions.  We have attempted to reduce the amount of storm water that enters our WWCS by lining the sewers that have proved to be leaking.

Overall, the wastewater system, both collections and treatment, are in good condition and should require only minor maintenance as compared to the water system, which is going to go through some major upgrades over the next 10 years.

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