LaGrange County Regional Utility District

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The LaGrange County Regional Utility District is governed by five (5) Board members, serving 4 year terms, which are appointed by the LaGrange County Commissioners:

Board of Trustees will meet in Regular Session at 116 E Wayne Street, LaGrange, IN at 6:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Gerry Turner - President
REGION B (Big Long Lake)

Phil Malone - Vice President

Kathy Wonderly - Secretary Treasurer

Dennis Davis
REGION D (Shipshewana Lake)

Cletus Schenkel Jr.
REGION B (Big Long Lake)

Applications to serve on the District Board may be picked up at:
LaGrange County Audtiors Office
114 W Michigan St
LaGrange, IN  46761

The LaGrange County Regional Utility District has
eleven (11) full time employees

Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Jeanette Combs-District Administrator
Dana Schmucker - Administrative Assistant
Morganne Helmuth - Office Assistant/Utility Clerk

Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM

Adam Sams - General Manager
Doug Kuhn - Maintenance Supervisor
Russell Eagan - Water Plant Operator
Tyler Terry - Sewer Plant Operator
Greg Williams - Operations Technician
Erik Stutzman - Operations Technician
Robert Porter - Operations Technician
Marianne Cole - Lab Technician

RED LIGHT is on you need to call 260-351-2163 or if after hours 888-246-7882, using your telephone keypad to enter your phone number, beginning with
your area code


That's the goal of wastewater treatment.  It's cleaning used water and sewage so it can be returned safely to our environment.  Wastewater treatment is the "last line of defense" against water pollution.  While our lakes and streams clean water in much the same way, water treatment plants are faster and  can handle more water.  This makes treatment plants essential in areas where there's too much wastewater for nature to handle alone.

Why are wastewater treatment plants important?

They protect public health from disease causing bacteria and viruses.  Today's treatment plants actually disinfect wastewater, eliminating many of these harmful organisms.

They protect water quality so we can enjoy clean oceans, lakes, streams, and rivers.  In this way, wastewater treatment helps us enjoy life to the fullest.

Where does wastewater come from?
Each person in the US contributes 50 to 100 gallons of wastewater every day.

It can come from:
Homes-human and household wastes from toilets, sinks, baths and drains.

Industry, Schools, and Businesses-chemicals and other wastes from factories, food service operations, airports, shopping centers, etc.

Storm Runoff and Groundwater
-water that collects in street drains during a storm, as well as groundwater that enters through cracks in sewers.

How do treatment plants protect our water?

A wastewater treatment plant:

Removes Solids-This includes everything from rags and sticks to sand and smaller particles found in wastewater.

Reduces Organic Matter and Pollutants-Helpful bacteria and other microorganisms are used to consume organic matter wastewater.  The bacteria and microorganisms are then separated from the water.

Restores Oxygen-Treatment facilities help ensure that water put back into our lakes or rivers has enough oxygen to support life.

How can you help improve wastewater treatment?

By not building over and by not placing stone over your grinder pits.  This will make it more difficult and time consuming for the staff to access, address and repair any problems that may occur.

By using water wisely:

Practice water conservation at home and at work
Fix leaks, and install water saving devices and appliances
Be aware of how much water you use in your household-
Don't take this valuable resource for granted
By disposing of household products and other waste safely-
Don't pour solvents, pesticides, paint thinners, engine oil or household cleaning products down the drain or into storm sewers-Take them to a recycling center or hazardous waste collection site
Use fertilizers and pesticides carefully-and only as directed
Try to find safe alternatives to products that can harm water supplies
Check with your local health officer or department to find out how to dispose of pet waste properly

Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interiors, and threaten the environment.  An increasingly common cause of overflows is sewer pipes blocked by grease.  Grease gets into the sewer from household drains, as well as from poorly maintained grease traps in restaurants and other businesses.  Most of us know grease as the byproduct of cooking.  Grease is found in such things as:

Meat fats
Cooking oil and shortening
Butter and margarine
Food Scraps
Baking goods
Dairy products

The easiest way to solve the grease problem and help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system in the first place.

To learn more contact the Water Environment Federation

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