John Newsome, P.E., Administrator, Division of Sewerage & Drainage         
John NewsomeJohn Newsome has helped lead some of the largest capital projects in Columbus and in January 2016 was named the Administrator of the Division of Sewerage & Drainage. He previously was the Assistant Administrator in the Division of Power where he helped create a first of its kind long term Capital Improvement Plan of more than $54 million to help better meet the needs of residents and businesses. He also worked as a Sewer Systems Engineering Sections Manager and served as a member of the Blueprint Columbus steering team. Blueprint Columbus is a holistic approach to wet weather overflows. Newsome also served as section manager to the OARS project, the largest Capital project in the history of the City.

Services include:

  • Wastewater collection and treatment for the City of Columbus and contracting communities through two wastewater treatment plants (Jackson Pike and Southerly)
  • Maintenance of the storm, sanitary and combined sewer collection systems, treatment plants and other related infrastructure
  • A capital improvement program to upgrade infrastructure and solve neighborhood flooding issues
  • Stormwater management, industrial pre-treatment and regulatory compliance programs to protect surface water quality
  • Operational support for informational technology such as computer, GIS/mapping systems and damage prevention (utility line location)
  • DOSD also operates a Compost Facility, where the popular  Com-Til product is available for purchase

Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater Treatment The Division of Sewerage and Drainage operates two wastewater treatment plants, Jackson Pike and Southerly. Wastewater from Columbus and 22 contracting suburban communities flows to one of these two plants. - learn more

Understanding Our Sewer System

Understanding Our Sewer System There are three types of sewers:
• Combined sewers carry both sewage and rain water to wastewater treatment plants
• Separate sanitary sewers carry sewage from homes and businesses to wastewater treatment plants
• Storm sewers convey rain water from streets, rooftops and parking lots to nearby streams
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Water Gushung Manhole

An Old Problem Our sanitary sewer system works well most of the time, but rain water and snow melt can seep into the system and overload it. When this occurs, the amount of water entering the sanitary sewer system exceeds the system’s capacity to hold it.
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Town Street Green Infrastructure

A New Approach The City of Columbus has developed a new approach to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. Instead of simply storing excess water that seeps into the sanitary sewer system when rain falls and snow melts, Blueprint Columbus addresses the source of the problem.
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Blueprint Home

Blueprint Columbus

Blueprint Columbus takes all of the regulatory challenges of complying with the Clean Water Act into consideration and uses green infrastructure to meet these challenges and efficiently achieve water quality goals.  

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Com-Til Compost

Com-Til Compost Com-Til is a dark, rich compost that will break up tough clay soil, add valuable organic matter, provide both macro and micro nutrients, help retain moisture and provide a decorative mulch. The product is made from residual bio-solids from the City of Columbus wastewater treatment plants, yard waste and wood chips. - learn more

Hoover Crop

Keep It Clean Prevent water pollution through everyday living with simple tips to keep our water clean. Related topics include a Storm Drain Marker Program & Central Ohio River Pride. Simple tips cover topics such as: disposal of household hazardous waste, yard waste (including pet waste) and cooking grease; making simple lawn care choices; reducing stormwater runoff; maintaining cars & driveways properly; litter clean-ups & more. - learn more