Area communities mull different water options for final time until September

Community leaders met in Perrysburg to weigh their water options on Thursday (WNWO).

More suburban communities are looking into their options, since the Toledo Area Water Authority is a thing of the past.

Thursday, Whitehouse, Northwestern Water and Sewer District, Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Lucas County, Fulton County, Henry County and the village of Fayette were all represented in Perrysburg.

They discussed several water options, including the current aquifer proposal featuring a test well created by Artesian of Pioneer.

An aquifer proposal involving Fayette was also placed on the table. Instead of having AOP contracted to build and operate the system, all of the communities involved would collectively finance and own it.

Other water options that were brought up included:

  • Maumee, Perrysburg and Northwestern Water and Sewer District's study into Bowling Green water
  • Sylvania and Monroe County's study into the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit
  • A potential new county for Perrysburg to run their water lines

Lucas County presented a new contract from Toledo, but it wasn't well received.

"Honestly, at this point, I think it's going to come down to what it would cost each of our residents under the various plans. From everything we are seeing, the Toledo proposal isn't even close for any of us," said Maumee Mayor Rich Carr.

Maumee Mayor Rich Carr claims that if they were to choose the aquifer well with AOP, instead of remaining with Toledo, their water rates would be reduced by 22%. He also said they have the lowest rates, so other communities' rates would be reduced even more.

Thursday's meeting will be the last one between the communities until the middle of September, after they receive results from the aquifer study.

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