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Elyria Water Department Annual Water Quality Reports


Sam Jacobs, Water Pumping Plant
Dave Rothgery, Water Distribution
Sherman Jones, Public Utilities

We provide water to:

  • City of Elyria
  • City of Amherst
  • City of North Ridgeville
  • Northern Ohio Rural Water Authority
  • Several adjacent townships

In order that we comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act amendments,the Elyria Water Department will be annually issuing a report on the monitoring performed on its drinking water. The focus of this report is to increase consumers’ understanding of drinking water and to heighten awareness of the need to safeguard our precious water resources. This report will explain where your water comes from and the treatment process. The chart contained in this report shows that all contaminants detected in your water are within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

The Elyria Water Works is a conventional surface water treatment plant having a capacity to pump and treat 22 million gallons of drinking water per day. The Water Works operates 24 hours per day, 365 days a year following the rules and regulations of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Administrative Code. Over 80,000 tests are performed each year by certified personnel at various stages in the treatment process and distribution system to ensure that the proper chemical levels are maintained and that the water meets the current Safe Drinking Water Act regulations.Water from Lake Erie, our only source of water, flows into the low service wet wells through two intakes and is pumped to the Rapid Mix tanks located in the Chemical Building. In the rapid mix tanks chemicals used in the treatment process are added and the water flows by gravity through the remaining treatment processes. The flocculators and sedimentation basins are the next steps where the bulk of the solids and contaminants are removed from the water by means of gentle mixing and settling.The water then passes through the rapid sand filters (made up of various layers of gravel, sand, and anthracite) to remove the remaining particles before disinfection. The water is chlorinated and stored in the clear wells for final pumping to the distribution system. A corrosion control inhibitor is added as the final treatment process before the drinking water flows to the high service area and is pumped to over 200 miles of water mains in the distribution system.