About MSD

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (known as MSD) protects public health and the environment through the safe and efficient collection and treatment of wastewater for 43 of the 49 political subdivisions in Hamilton County, Ohio, and small parts of Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties.

MSD's service area encompasses 290+ square miles and serves a population of more than 850,000. MSD maintains about 3,000 miles of sanitary and combined sewers and operates seven major wastewater treatment plants, more than 100 pump stations, two package treatment plants and several high-rate treatment facilities. About 180 million gallons of wastewater is treated daily. Learn more about MSD's facilities.

Major Treatment Plants (click for larger view)

MSD has a ratepayer base of about 226,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. Within that base, it monitors about 200 industrial users who discharge pre-treated waste into the sewer system.

View our "What is MSD?" video, created by college intern DeAndre Davis.

Organization & Structure

MSD was formed in 1968 as a county sewer district under state law. Prior to 1968, the City of Cincinnati operated an independent municipal sewer district that served city residents and 23 suburban communities. MSD is governed by a 50-year agreement between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, known as the 1968 Agreement. As set forth in this Agreement, the City is responsible for the management and operation of the sewer district, while the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County, Ohio retains the authority to establish sewer service charges, adopt rules and regulations, and approve operating and capital improvement program (CIP) budgets. The agreement expires April 30, 2018.

MSD staff are City of Cincinnati employees.

Leadership

Gérald Checco has served as the Director of MSD since September 1, 2015. Gérald came to MSD from the City of Cincinnati’s Public Services Department, where he served as Director from March 2014 to August 2015.

Prior to moving to Public Services, he worked for the Cincinnati Park Board for nearly 23 years in superintendent and engineering positions.

You can reach Gérald by phone at (513) 244-5121 or email at Gerald.Checco@cincinnati-oh.gov.

MSD Divisions

MSD has 9 divisions:

CSO 125 Project (click for full image)

  • Office of the Director: Gérald Checco, MSD Director. Responsible for overall leadership and utility management, legislation/governance, legal services, public record requests, communications, special projects and budgets.

  • Engineering Management: Ryan Welsh, Sewers Chief Engineer, overseen by Deputy Director Pat Arnette. Responsible for planning, design, right-of-way procurement, construction, project controls and QA/QC for MSD's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). In addition, this division houses Development Services, Document Control and Program Management for the Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy (LMCPR), which includes the Lick Run Greenway project.

  • Wastewater Administration: Jerry Wilkerson, Superintendent, overseen by Deputy Director and CFO Ihab Tadros. Responsible for administration, HR and training.

  • IT: Don Sander, Division Manager, overseen by Deputy Director and CFO Ihab Tadros. Responsible for computer operations and network infrastructure, business system technologies, and the MSD Help Desk.

  • Finance & Accounting: Beverly Engram, Division Manager, overseen by Deputy Director and CFO Ihab Tadros. Responsible for financial accounting, budget monitoring, payroll, stores, and the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program.

  • Wastewater Treatment: Vanessa Smedley, Superintendent, overseen by MSD Director Gerald Checco. Responsible for operating and maintaining MSD's seven major wastewater treatment plants, 100-plus pump stations, two package treatment plants and several high-rate treatment facilities across Hamilton County.

  • Wastewater Collection: Mike Pittinger, Superintendent, overseen by MSD Director Gerald Checco. Responsible for operating and maintaining MSD's sewer collection system, which is comprised of 3,000-plus miles of combined and separate sewer systems across Hamilton County. The division is also responsible for the Sewer Backup (SBU) Program and 24/7 customer call center.

  • Regulatory Compliance & Safety: Jenny Richmond, Superintendent, overseen by Deputy Director MaryLynn Lodor. Responsible for monitoring and regulating industrial and commerical customers, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, providing analytical laboratory services and ensuring the safety and security of MSD employees and facilities.

  • Watershed Operations: Melissa Gatterdam, Superintendent, overseen by Deputy Director MaryLynn Lodor. Responsible for remote monitoring, modeling, wet weather assets, green infrastructure program to manage stormwater/reduce CSOs, and the optimization of conveyance and treatment of wastewater during wet weather ("smart sewers").


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    Mission

    We are recognized as stewards of the community, protecting public health and the environment, and providing sustainable water reclamation and watershed management.

    Vision

    Our diverse, high-performing and inspired workforce shares a commitment to exceptional service to our community.

    Values

    At MSD, we believe strongly in our commitment to the community as expressed through our core values:

    • Trust
    • Integrity
    • Transparency
    • Dedication
    • Innovation
    • Leadership
    • Environmental and Financial Stewardship
    • Service
    • Engagement

    Contact Us

    Report a Sewer Backup:
    (513) 352-4900 24/7 or online

    Customer Call Center:
    (513) 352-4900 24/7

    Project Customer Service:
    (513) 557-3594

    Development Services:
    (513) 244-1330

    Media Inquiries:
    (513) 557-7095

    Email:
    MSD.Communications@cincinnati-oh.gov

    MSD Mailing Address:
    1600 Gest St.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

    MSD Facilities and Directions