With northern Ohio's beaches rated as some of the nastiest in the country, communities along the Lake Erie shore have been thrust into the front lines of the battle against water pollution.
Erie County is trying to do its part. The county is wrapping up an expansion of its Huron Basin Wastewater Treatment Plant, which processes water from drains and toilets from many of the county's businesses and residences.
The plant is located on River Road in Huron, next to the offices of the Erie County's Department of Environmental Services. Before its expansion, the plant could handle an average daily flow of 2 million gallons a day, with a peak flow during wet days of 6 million gallons of water a day.
The plant's new average daily flow hasn't been calculated yet, but it should be close to 3 million gallons a day. Peak flows have been raised to 8 million gallons a day, with room to eventually expand the plant to 16 million gallons a day, said Jack Meyers, sanitary engineer for Erie County.