Tel: 419.435.8282

213 South Main Street, Fostoria, Ohio

What does a wastewater treatment plant do?
Treatment plants remove impurities contained in wastewater so treated wastewater can be safely returned to the environment. This same stabilization process occurs in nature to break down wastewater into its most basic components of carbon dioxide and water. Common methods of treatment include physical, biological and chemical treatment steps to stabilize the wastewater. The City of Fostoria’s wastewater treatment plant is designed to accelerate and control nature's process to insure proper treatment is provided.

Where does the water go once it is treated?
Treated wastewater is returned to the environment by discharging effluent water into the East Branch of the Portage River.

How is the quality of treated wastewater ensured?
Samples are collected and analyzed by our laboratory in our on-site laboratory. This information is added to our operational database. We also contract services with Bojuhn laboratories to verify quality as well.

What can I do to prevent sewer line problems?
The main causes of blocked sewer lines are grease that builds up in the line and tree roots that seek the water in the line. Regular maintenance products (Drain-O, Liquid Plumber, etc.) should be used on a regular basis to avoid build up of grease in your traps. Never pour kitchen grease down the drain. Put it in a container and dispose of it in the trash. Trees and shrubs planted too close to sewer pipes can also cause problems. The roots get into the pipes creating blockages and broken sewer lines that can be expensive to repair.

My sewer line is not working, who is responsible to fix it?
Care and maintenance of the house sewer line (lateral) is the responsibility of the property owner including any part that extends from the building into the street or public right-of-way. This sewer lateral goes all the way from the building to where it taps into the city’s main sewer line usually located in the street or alley. When this line becomes plugged, it is the property owner's responsibility to fix.

What can I do about slow drainage in my toilets and drains?
Check with your neighbors to see if they are experiencing similar problems. If neighbors are having the same slow drainage, there is a chance that there is a problem in the public sewer main and the city’s responsibility. Call: 419-435-2793 to report the problem. If neighbors are not having sewer problems your sewer lateral may be blocked or broken and the homeowner is responsible for repairs.

What can be done about sewage odors coming from the manholes?
Wastewater contains naturally occurring gases that can build-up and create odors. Sometimes during heavy rains or warm temperatures the odor can increase and cold weather and low temperatures can decrease odors. Call 419-435-2793 to report unpleasant odors coming from manholes so we can investigate and correct the problem.

What part of the sewer line is the city responsible to fix?
The city is responsible for repair and maintenance of the sewer mains located in the streets and in public easements. Our responsibility ends where the lateral line connects to the main line.

Can anyone dump into the city’s manholes?
No, dumping into city manholes is not permitted. Please call us at 419-435-2793 and report anyone illegally dumping into our city manholes.

What not to flush down the drain?
Do not flush Antifreeze, Car & Home Batteries, Oil & Oil Filters, Latex Paint, or any form of dangerous materials. When leftover paint, used oil, pool chemicals or any other product containing potentially dangerous materials are thrown away, they become "household hazardous wastes." They should never be washed down the drain into our sewer or storm drain systems.



Hours of Operation
Monday –Friday:  7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Weekends:  7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Phone: 419-436-7328​
Fax: 419-435-2185
Location: 1301 Perrysburg Road, Fostoria, Ohio 44830

Combined Sewer Overflow 2022 Annual Report

Mission Statement: 
To collect, treat, and monitor our wastewater system in compliance with State and Federal regulatory requirements, providing the City of Fostoria sewer users with safe disposal of their domestic, commercial, and industrial waste materials. The Wastewater Division will work hard to improve the environment and enhance the quality of life for the City of Fostoria and its residents.

Vision Statement: 
It is our vision to be a recognized, responsive, creative, and flexible team involved with, and achieving excellence for, our community in a positive working environment.
The Wastewater Division provides wastewater collection and treatment to the City of Fostoria. The Division consists of Wastewater Collections and Treatment. Wastewater Treatment is responsible for operating and maintaining Fostoria’s wastewater treatment facility. The wastewater treatment plant provides treatment for the wastewater collected by the City's wastewater collection system.
Wastewater Collection is responsible for maintaining, repairing and operating the City's wastewater collection system. The collection system is the network of pipes, manholes, pumping stations and flow control structures throughout the City that collects and conveys the City's wastewater to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Wastewater Collection is also responsible for cleaning storm water catch basins throughout the City.