The Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Delaware County Commissioners and County Engineer carry out the County Drainage Maintenance Program. Authorized under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 6137, the program is responsible for the upkeep of drainage improvements within Delaware County. Specifically, the ORC states “The county engineer shall have general charge and supervision of the repair and maintenance of all county ditches, drains, watercourses, and other drainage improvements within his county…”
The ORC further states that “the board of county commissioners, with advice of the county engineer may enter into agreements with local soil and water conservation districts for the purposes of planning, constructing, or maintaining works of improvements…”
Initially intended for agricultural drainage maintenance, Delaware County now includes all drainage improvements as part of the program. Under this program, drainage improvements include open ditches, subsurface tile mains, surface drains, and subdivision storm water systems.* As of July 1, 1998 all newly constructed subdivision storm water systems must be placed on the Delaware County Drainage Maintenance Program.
*Please note that not all of the drainage infrastructure in Delaware County is part of the Drainage Maintenance Program. Only improved drainage systems petitioned for maintenance under ORC 6137 and approved by the County Commissioners are included in the Program and maintained by law. If you want to know more about a drainage project and what specifically is maintained, please contact the Drainage Maintenance Coordinator at the Delaware SWCD office by calling 740-368-1920.
For more information on the drainage maintenance program and to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click on Drainage Maintenance.