Aqua-Ohio Franklin Division

Aqua-Ohio Franklin Co. Division employs 12 full-time Local 18S members. Six are plant operators and six are utility workers. The plant operators take care of running five water treatment and three wastewater treatment plants and also handle service order repairs and plant maintenance. The utility workers manage water and sewer line repairs, hydrant flushing, meter reading, service order repairs and assist with plant maintenance. These members are either working or are on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

These members keep the townships of Madison, Truro, Blendon, Prairie, Brown, Norwich, Sharon and Perry in Franklin County supplied with clean drinking water and wastewater services. Aqua-Ohio Franklin Co. Division and Local 18S members are responsible for more than 61 miles of sewer lines and 79 miles of eater lines which includes 7,800 water customers and 6,500 sewer customers.


The Charles Berry Bascule Bridge

Operated by 18S members

The CHARLES BERRY BASCULE BRIDGE employs five full-time Local 18S members: four bridge tenders and one maintenance person. A member of Local 18S is on site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Originally called the Erie Avenue Bridge, which spans the Black River in Lorain, Ohio, it was renamed the Charles Berry Bridge in 1988 to honor Marine Charles Berry who lost his life in WWII at the Battle of Iwo Jima and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

At the time of its construction, it was the largest bascule bridge in the world. (A bascule bridge is a type of bridge with a pivoting section that is raised and lowered using counterweights.) It is now the second largest bascule bridge in the world and one of only three bridges of its type in the state of Ohio.

Originally the bridge had two control towers and needed two people to operate the bridge successfully. In 1988 the bridge had a major overhaul. At that time, operations for the bridge were transferred to the west tower, putting all functions of the bridge under the control of one operator. Approximately 1,500 lifts are made per year.

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