The Village of Archbold Water Department services customers in Archbold, Elmira, Burlington, Pettisville, Ridgeville and Evansport. The Tiffin River serves as the raw water source for the Village. Raw water is pumped to two above-ground reservoirs located at the water treatment plant.
The water treatment plant is a Class IV plant and has an EPA rated design capacity of 7.6 million gallons per day and is currently treating an average of 2.0 million gallons per day. The water system has a total finished water storage capacity of 1,950,000 gallons and the water is distributed through over 66 miles of water mains.watertreatment1 The distribution system is a Class II system.

The plant is manned 24 hours a day five days a week with flexible weekend operations. Currently on staff are two Class IV operators, two Class III operators, three Class I operators and two employees have Class II distribution license's.

In 1997, the Archbold Water Department was recognized by the Ohio EPA as an "Outstanding Water System" and received the Award of Excellence.

In 2010 and 2011 the plant received the Water Fluoridation Quality Award presented by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


For information about residential water service, please contact the village Utilities Department.

Water and Sewer Rates

Click here to view the water and sewer rates for inside the Village of Archbold.

For water rates outside the village limits please contact the utility office at 419-445-4726.

For more information contact:

Scott Schultz Superintendent

700 North St. Archbold, OH 43502

phone: 419-445-2506

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Frequently Asked Questions about Archbold Water

Click here for frequently asked questions about Archbold's drinking water.

Water Quality Reports

2013 report click here.

2012 report click here.

2011 report click here.

2010 report click here.

Source Water Protection

Source water assessment and protection (SWAP) is a non-regulatory state program administered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  The program started as the Wellhead Protection Program, which was part of the 1986 amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. These amendments required states to administer a source water protection program for their systems using ground water. In 1922 Ohio's Wellhead Protection Program was approved by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. The wellhead protection program provided guidance and technical assistance to public water systems, who were encouraged to complete assessments and protection plans using their own resources. Ohio EPA staff reviewed the assessments and formally endorsed them, when complete.

IN 1996, the Safe Drinking Water Act was amended again. Section 1453 was added, providing states with the necessary federal funding to complete source water assessments for their public water systems. At that time, the program was extended to include surface water systems and was renamed "Source Water Protection." It was the intent of Congress that public water systems use the information in their source water assessment to develop a drinking water source protection plan. The background information presented here includes from the Archbold source water assessment report completed by the Ohio EPA in 2004, but expands on it considerably, using data collected by Archbold's public water system staff and the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership.

Why should a community have a source water protection plan? Water is a vital part of all facets of our communities. It is essential to agriculture, to washing, to cooling for industry and power stations, to moving wastewater away from populated areas and above all, to drinking. In addition to being a basic necessity of life, clean affordable water can be an important economic driver. Many manufacturing plants use significant amounts of water and can even decide plant locations based on availability of quality water. Clean water, provided at a reasonable cost, can attract new business and residents which help fuel economic growth and prosperity.

With the help of the Ohio EPA Archbold has an endorsed Source Water Protection Plan. To view the Source Water Protection Plan, Source Water Assessment and educational information click the links below.

Archbold Source Water Protection Plan

Archbold Source Water Assessment

Managing Underground Storage

Managing Septic Systems

Controlling Silage Leachate

Taste and Odor of Water

Taste and odor in water is usually an infrequent result of seasonal change, runoff from snowmelt, and heavy rains. These factors promote algae growth. Certain species of algae produce chemicals, which impart "earthy," "musty," or "grassy" odors to water. This temporary condition presents no health hazard to the customer and the water is safe to drink.


The Archbold Water Plant tests for odor on a weekly basis. Water samples are collected from both reservoirs each week and are analyzed for algae counts and species that are known to cause taste and odor. When algae blooms occur, the reservoirs are treated with potassium permanganate or copper sulfate to reduce the bloom.


Activated carbon is applied to the water during the treatment process to adsorb the compounds that cause taste and odor. Water plant personnel work very diligently to minimize the occurences of taste and odor.

Associated Links

Water Professional Organization sites

Ohio Section AWWA