Water Department

Mission
As the public provider of water and waste water services, we will provide cost effective, high quality products and services with qualified, properly trained personnel - while protecting the public health and environment. Through teamwork we will develop strategies for meeting customer needs.
Reservoirs
Galion has 3 reservoirs with a combined capacity of 527 million gallons. The water's source is the Black Fork, a tributary of the Olentangy River.
Overhead shot of Sky Reservoir

Water Treatment


The water treatment plant on West Railroad Street treats and delivers an average of 1.3 million gallons of water per day, and has a maximum treatment capacity of 4 million gallons per day. City water towers have a combined total capacity of 1.5 million gallons.

Click here to view the city's track record with the Ohio EPA.
Galion waterplant with water tank in front of it, surrounded by barbed wire

Safe Drinking Water Act


The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was established in 1974 to protect the quality of drinking water in the U.S. This law focuses on all waters actually or potentially designed for drinking use, whether from above ground or underground sources.

The Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to establish minimum standards to protect tap water and requires all owners or operators of public water systems to comply with these primary (health-related) standards. The 1996 amendments to SDWA require that EPA consider a detailed risk and cost assessment, and best available peer-reviewed science, when developing these standards. State governments, which can be approved to implement these rules for EPA, also encourage attainment of secondary standards (nuisance-related). Under the Act, EPA also establishes minimum standards for state programs to protect underground sources of drinking water from endangerment by underground injection of fluids.