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Regional Water – Update
May 3, 2018
Water in Monclova Township is currently provided through a Water Service Agreement between the City of Toledo and Lucas County that expires on October 10, 2024. The water is delivered through water lines installed, owned and maintained by Lucas County. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement jurisdictions outside Toledo pay a 75% premium for water compared to rates in Toledo.
Out of concern for the future of our water supply, in November of 2016 the Monclova Township Board of Trustees, Brian Craig, Barbara Lang, and Chuck Hoecherl, unanimously passed a resolution in support of a regional water system emphasizing the following key points:
- This Board supports the ongoing TMACOG study of a regional bulk water supply system.
- The proposed regional water system should be founded on a uniform water supply agreement that is funded based on the cost of service.
- The proposed regional water system should have an additional water intake as well as water supply interconnectivity to ensure safe drinking water in emergency situations.
- This Board supports managing the proposed regional water system as a cooperative partnership that gives all served jurisdictions a voice in its operations and rates.
Ohio Revised Code Chapter 6119 covers Regional Water and sewer Districts.
The City of Toledo and the communities that buy water from Toledo met for many months as a Regional Water Planning Committee. Since Monclova and all the other townships in Lucas County are under the umbrella of the county’s agreement with the city, none were given a seat at the table. The Lucas County Township association was unsuccessful in achieving direct representation as well.
In January, Fulton County, Lucas County, Monroe County, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (Wood County), the City of Maumee, the City of Perrysburg, the City of Sylvania, the City of Toledo, and the Village of Whitehouse signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the formation of the Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA). Pursuant to that Memorandum of Understanding, the Board of Trustees of the Authority shall be comprised of seven voting members:
- Two members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Toledo
- One member appointed by the Lucas County Commissioners
- One member jointly appointed by the Mayors of Sylvania, Maumee and the Village of Whitehouse
- One member appointed by the Mayor of Perrysburg
- One member jointly appointed by the Fulton County Commissioners and the Board of Trustees of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District
- One member appointed by the Monroe County, Michigan Drain Commissioner
The primary goal would be to assure a safe and uniform supply of water and normalized rates for everyone in the region. As rates normalize we would expect our rates to go down in comparison to Toledo.
With that background information, the short answer is that the Lucas County Commissioners and the Lucas County Sanitary Engineer are representing the interests of the townships. Through direct contact with these individuals and through the Lucas County Township Association, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council Of Governments, our Board of Trustees is doing everything they can to express the needs and concerns of their constituents. The Monclova Township Board of Trustees continues to support TAWA but also believes managing the proposed regional water system as a cooperative partnership that gives all served jurisdictions a voice in its operations and rates as indicated in their 2016 resolution would be the best structure.
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