People depend on clean water every day. We use it for drinking, bathing, recreation, farming, and cooking. We use it to generate power and in industry, to carry waste, and just for the pleasure of watching it. But we also change it when we use it, adding food scraps, human and solid wastes, chemicals, and other pollutants. In St. Marys, the Water and Wastewater Department is responsible for protecting our water. Our duty to protect the health of the public, by making drinking water safe for everyone to use, began in the 1890's when citizens built the City's first water supply facility. Our duty to clean used water, to safeguard the environment and the health of those who use it after we do, began in 1908 when citizens built one of the first complete wastewater facilities in the State of Ohio. Today our water and wastewater facilities serve over 10,000 people, providing for the comfortable life style and public health that people have come to expect. Our mission is to provide safe, reliable, and cost effective water and wastewater services to the citizens and businesses of St. Marys.
Maintaining water quality is not as visible as patrolling the streets or putting out fires. But when it comes to health and safety, maintaining water quality is critical. Can we do it alone? No, we need your help. We need you to conserve water, to use it wisely and not waste it. We need you to protect our water resources, by not contaminating it with chemicals and other pollutants. It’s really very simple. We need clean water and we need to support its protection. It’s up to you to help care for the water that we depend upon for everything we do.
The City of St. Marys encourages all citizens to learn more about water resources, water conservation, and protecting the environment. We offer presentations and treatment plant tours free-of-charge to civic groups, school children, and other interested parties. Please contact us for more information.