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A Brief History

Butler County Department of Environmental Services
A Brief History


  • Butler County began providing water and sewer service to areas outside of municipal boundaries. The Butler County Engineer’s office was responsible for these services which were simple extensions of existing municipal water and sewer lines.
  • The county constructed the McWhorter’s wastewater system, which served properties east of Boyle Road and south of Stahlheber Road.

1930s and 40s

  • The Belmont-Homewood-Rosedale System was constructed. Hamilton supplied the water through master meters, and the county operated and maintained the distribution system.
  • The Amanda–Oneida wastewater system, consisting of sewer mains and a small treatment plant, was constructed in northern Lemon Township.


  • The county constructed two small water distribution systems, the Bonham Road System and the Todd Road System, on the north side of Oxford. Oxford supplied the water and operated these systems.
  • The county constructed public water systems adjacent to the city of Middletown: the Amanda-Oneida System and the water system in the Blue Ball area, which included the Lefferson Road and Hendrickson Road areas. Middletown operated these county-owned systems.
  • The county constructed the Bonham Road wastewater system in Oxford Township, which consisted of sewer mains and a septic tank system.


  • The Butler County Commissioners created the Water and Sewer Department to administer, operate and maintain the existing systems.
  • The county constructed the Queen Acres System, which consisted of a well, a chlorination system, a distribution system and a storage tank .
  • The Queen Acres wastewater system was constructed and consisted of sewer mains and a trickling filter treatment system.
  • The county constructed the Normandy Heights wastewater system, consisting of sewer mains and an extended aeration treatment system.
  • The Amanda –Oneida area was connected to the Middletown wastewater system .
  • The Port Union wastewater system was constructed to serve a new industrial area to the south of Port Union Road. It consisted of sewer mains and extended aeration system.


  • The County constructed and owned a small water distribution system to the north of New Miami, along West Elkton Road. New Miami operated and maintained this system.
  • Butler County entered into an agreement with the city of Hamilton to purchase water for service to the eastern Union (West Chester) township areas as a result of rapid growth following the construction of I-75. This service area was expanded into further areas of Union, Liberty and Fairfield Townships throughout the 1960s.
  • Installation of the Fairfield-Liberty and Eastern Union Township water systems.
  • Numerous package WTPs were constructed in Union Township to serve new residential developments.


  • The Southeast Union Township System was constructed. Hamilton supplied the water and the county was in charge of operating and maintaining the pump stations, storage tanks and transmission and distribution system.


  • Butler County hired a full-time Sanitary Engineer to serve as director of the Butler County Water and Sewer Department. Jim Hinchberger was the first director and served in that capacity from 1968 until 1993.
  • Consolidated the many various sewer districts into two districts: District No. 1 was all areas west of the Great Miami River; District No. 2 was all areas east of the Great Miami River.


  • Developed the first Water and Sewer Master Plan.
  • Rapid development of many subdivisions required using temporary package sewage treatment plants to provide public sewer service.
  • The county began constructing the County’s first regional wastewater system: the LeSourdsville Regional System.
  • Construction of the Lesourdsville and Upper Mill Creek Regional Water Reclamation Facilities resulted in the elimination of the temporary package sewage treatment plants. This included the provision for wastewater treatment for the cities of Trenton and Monroe.


  • Relocated the Water and Sewer Department to the Butler County Administrative Center.


  • Construction of the Shaker Run Trunk Sewer provided service to the Lebanon Correctional Facilities and areas in western Warren County.


Consolidation of Districts 1 and 2 into a single water and sewer district.


  • Graham Rich was named director.
  • Construction of the Rialto, Beckett Ridge and Dimmick Road water transmission facilities.


  • Butler County Water and Sewer Department was re-named the Butler County Department of Environmental Services.
  • Tony Parrott named director.


  • Susan Vance named director.


  • New Liberty Fairfield Water Pumping Station replaces outdated facility.
  • New Miami Water Reclamation Facility constructed.
  • Upper Mill Creek Water Reclamation Facility improvements.

1989, 1993, 1995, 2001

  • LeSourdsville and Upper Mill Creek Regional Water Reclamation Facilities expanded to their current capacities.


  • Robery Leventry named director.