The Lakengren Water Authority (LWA) is a State of Ohio political subdivision, governed by ORC 6119. The priority of the LWA is to provide reliable, economical and environmentally responsible water and sewer service to the people of Lakengren.
The LWA ended fiscal year 2021 in a solid financial position. Financial data is available at the LWA office for your review. Our results are audited annually to ensure we are following generally accepted accounting standards.
2021 saw numerous changes within the LWA. A major upgrade of the wastewater treatment facility was completed, and the new system was placed on-line in March. Our office computer server was replaced, and an updated payment portal was implemented. In addition, the east water tower, located along Paint Creek Rd., was painted. Our general manager retired and a new GM, with 20 years of LWA experience, began management of our operations on Jan 1, 2022.
The LWA operates two distinct plants; water and wastewater treatment. The water operations include 1 treatment plant, 3 wells, 26 miles of water supply lines, two 200,000-gallon water towers and 1,414 service connections. We have the capacity to treat 780,000 gallons of water daily. In 2021 we delivered 87 million gallons of fresh water to the community. Our wastewater treatment facility can treat 600,000 gallons of waste daily. In addition, there are 2 million gallons of “overflow” storage capacity. The facility has an on-site lab, 4 clarifiers, 26 miles of sewer lines, 147 grinder pumps and 4 lift stations that are a continual part of the maintenance work. Plus, there are 1423 service connections on the sewer side. In 2021 we treated 118 million gallons of wastewater.
Our dedicated team of employees includes our general manager, two office employees, two water employees and two sewage plant employees. Our team has three certified water treatment employees and three wastewater treatment employees. The balance of the field employees are currently pursuing certifications. The team has worked diligently to keep all our systems operating efficiently and effectively while dealing with Covid related issues. We thank them for their dedication.
For 2022, in addition to our standard operations, we will replace the PLC unit at the water treatment, replace grinder cans as needed and line the manholes on Lakengren Dr from Baltic Dr to Mariner Dr.
Submitted by Joseph Flesch on behalf of the employees and customers of the Lakengren Water Authority.
LWA Board of Trustees
Joseph Flesch, Chairman
Ginger Adams, Secretary
Earl Mullins, Treasurer