Located southwest of Defiance in Northwest Ohio, the District provides safe potable water and sanitary sewer service to our customers who are mostly homeowners as well as several businesses and a public elementary, middle, and high school. Our service area includes several townships in Defiance County. The District’s sole source of potable water is the City of Defiance’s water treatment plant. In addition, sanitary sewer waste is transported to the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
The District is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio organized under Chapter 6119 of the Ohio Revised Code. The District was created by the Defiance County Common Pleas Court and is an autonomous board, separate and distinct from the Township trustees. We have approximately 600 water and 700 sewer customers.
District operations began in the late 1960’s with the laying of water lines. Today, there are approximately 25 miles of water lines maintained by the District. New water lines were last installed before 2010. Two sewer projects have been completed in the history of the District. First, the Phase A Sewer Project was completed in 2002. Second, the Phase B Sewer Project was completed six years later in 2008. Currently, the District maintains approximately 20 miles of sewer lines.
The District has one water station and five sewer lift stations in operation. The chlorination station on Ayersville Avenue is where the District takes water from the City of Defiance and adds chlorine before supplying our customers with potable water. The District’s sole water tower was installed in the early 1970’s and has a capacity of 150,000 gallons. With respect to sanitary sewers, the District maintains approximately 200 grinder pumps which physically alters sewage making disposal easier. Around half of our customers use grinder pumps while the rest rely on a gravity system.