Avon Lake Regional Water has been around since 1925, starting with water provision for 1,200 Avon Lake residents. The initial investment of $390,000 (in 1925 dollars) included the cost of the land and the original water plant and administration buildings which were constructed a year later. Today, Avon Lake Regional Water is a $60,000,000 operation with water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as a central office with a garage complex that allows for vehicle servicing, maintenance, and supply space for our crews that fix water mains, meters, and other parts of our region’s water infrastructure.
Main office/garage complex. Dedicated in February 2004, this complex provides 20,000 square feet of work space and the available infrastructure for expansion, including vehicle housing to increase the life span of each service vehicle. It also includes an expanded customer service area and drive-up window and drop-off box, board room/conference room, lunch room and restrooms. The garage space includes a lift, welding and maintenance rooms, wash rack, emergency generator and storage areas, personnel laundry, lunchroom, restrooms and locker rooms for employees. The site offers personnel and vehicle security, materials storage, and the available infrastructure and space for future expansion. The building was named The John W. Kniepper Municipal Utilities Administration Building on August 31, 2011.
Water Filtration Plant The original Avon Lake Water Filtration Plant (WFP) was built in 1926 to serve the City of Avon Lake with a maximum capacity of 2 million gallons per day (mgd). Today the plant provides high quality water to over 200,000 people living in a 680-square-mile, seven-county area. The current in-design expansion will increase the plant’s capacity rating from 40 to 50 million gallons a day enabling it to provide all the water this growth area needs.
Water Pollution Control Center The WPCC was established in 1960 to meet the community’s need for safe wastewater treatment and was upgraded in 1970 to provide secondary treatment for the City’s industry. The wastewater plant presently has a capacity of 6.5 million gallons a day and can accept flows as high as 12.5 mgd during wet weather periods. The Center was expanded in 1985 to add a diaphragm filter press facility, which compresses plant sludge into dry cakes suitable for hauling to an EPA approved landfill.
Distribution & Collection were consolidated in 1960 to service the City’s water and sewer system, which today comprises approximately 250 miles of water and sewer mains. Recognizing the need for additional workspace and plant security, the Board of Municipal Utilities authorized the purchase of 10 acres of land for a new garage/office complex at 201 Miller Road in 2002. Within a mile of the Water Filtration Plant and adjacent to the Water Pollution Control Center landfill, the location has proven to be an ideal site for the Utilities new home.
Engineering Division This division was created in 2002 to provide a more efficient operation. Engineering services, such as oversight of the new office garage complex and expansion of the water plant filter building, were previously performed either by upper and middle management or “top dollar” outside engineering consultants. Upper management’s primary responsibility now is growing the business and responsibility for the daily activities of running the utility belongs to middle management. As we grow, organizational restructuring is an important part of strategy. The Utilities Strategic Plan is a “living document” that is periodically reviewed by staff and the Board of Municipal Utilities to make certain that we are maintaining the best balance of quality, quantity, cost and service for its customers.
First in technology, Avon Lake is always working to balance cost, quality, efficiency, and environmental responsibility in everything we do. We strive to make our drinking water and wastewater treatment systems among the most progressive in the country. We were among the first to fluoridate our drinking water in the ‘50s, and in the mid ‘70’s designed the first EPA-approved tube settler and high-rate filtration system in the state. The design, which saved millions of dollars in construction costs, has become the model for the Avon Lake Water Filtration Plant expansion and a standard for water plant improvement in Ohio. When zebra mussels invaded the Great Lakes in the ‘80s. Avon Lake was the region’s first utility to innovate methods of preventing mussels from obstructing raw water intakes. On-the-board plant improvements include adding membrane filtration, a state-of-the-art technology that removes dirt and bacteria more cost-effectively. Today, we use clean energy (wind, gas, biosolids) to power a portion of our plants, and constantly look for ways to improve our efficiency while reducing our environmental footprint.
Our mission: Serve the region, protect our resource–Lake Erie.
Todd A. Danielson
Chief Utilities Executive
Appointed Chief Utilities Executive 2010. Related Experience: Loudoun County Sanitation Authority (Loudoun Water), Ashburn, Va., 2000-2010, Manager of Community Systems (2001-2010), Process Engineer (2000-2001); Millennium Science & Engineering, Inc., McLean, Va., 1996-2000, Environmental Engineer. Member of Strategic Planning Committee and Staff Representative City Sewer Planning Committee. Registrations: Professional Engineer, States of Virginia and Ohio; Certified Environmental Engineer, American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Associations: Vice Chair of Water Environmental Federation (WEF) Small Communities Committee, member of Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF) Decentralized Research Advisory Council, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). Education: BS Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Maine; MS Environmental Engineering, University of Texas; completed AWWA “Water Utility Management Short Course,” Virginia Tech, Master of Public Administration, George Mason University.
Rick R. Eberle
Chief of Utility Operations
Assistant Director, 1984-2002, Chief of Utility Operations 2003-2012. Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager 2009-2011. Associations & Designations: Ohio EPA Class III Operator Certification in both Water and Wastewater Treatment, State of Ohio; member of American Water Works Association; past chair of Ohio AWWA Northeast District; past editor of Ohio AWWA Newsletter; member of Water Environment Federation. Education: BS Biology, Bowling Green State University; Civil Engineering Courses, Lorain Community College.
Stephen Baytos IV
Water Pollution Control Center (WPCC) Manager
Hired to WPCC Manager position July 2012. Experience: Assistant Superintendent, Elyria Wastewater Pollution Control Plant, 2007-2012; Plant Foreman, Clean Harbors Chemical and Hazardous Material Response Services, handling chemical spills and releases of all types in liquid, solid, semi-solid and gas forms, 2001 and 2002; Environmental Engineering Consultant, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc., 2002 – 2006. Certifications: Ohio EPA Class IV Wastewater; Certified Hazardous Wastewater Operator. Associations & Designations: Wastewater instructor for Operator Training Committee of Ohio; Member WEF, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), AWWA, WERF; co-authored presentation, “Recycled Flows and How to Treat Them.” Education: BS Environmental Science, Youngstown State University.
Jack R. Gaydar
Engineering Services Manager
Appointed Engineering Services Manager 2002. Related Experience: Traff-Pro Consultants, Wickliffe, Ohio (1992-2002), Vice President of Construction Management, 1997-2002, Traffic Engineer, 1992-1997. Middleburg Heights Traffic Engineer, 1999-2002. Registrations/Certifications: Professional Engineer, State of Ohio; Professional Surveyor, State of Ohio. Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector & Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control, Ohio EPA Class II Operator Certification in Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection and Water Supply Licenses. Associations: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, County Sanitary Engineers Association of Ohio, Water Environmental Federation, Storm Water Association, National Society of Professional Surveyors, International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Case Institute of Technology, BS Surveying and Mapping, University of Akron, Graduate Level Classes, Case Institute of Technology and The University of Akron. Teaching: Adjunct Instructor, University of Akron, Department of Engineering & Science Technology, Lorain County Community College and Operator Training Committee of Ohio (OTCO).
Water Filtration Plant (WFP) Manager
Began working at Avon Lake Regional Water in 2012 as a WFP Operator. Became Water Filtration Plant Manager in 2017. Experience: Water and Wastewater Superintendent for Village of LaGrange 2001-2012. Presented and co-authored multiple Ohio AWWA presentations. Certifications: Ohio EPA Class IV Water Supply License, Ohio EPA Class III Wastewater Works License; OTCO Backflow Certification. Associations & Designations: American Water Works Association, Current Ohio AWWA Northeast District 2nd Vice Chair. Education: BS Environmental Health-Bowling Green State University.
Manager of Distribution & Collection
Appointed Superintendent of the Water Distribution & Sewer Collection System, 1990; Distribution and Collection Manager (2011present). Experience: Joined as a laborer and operator in 1977. Associations& Designations: Class II Distribution Certification, State of Ohio EPA. Education: Avon High School.