Foundation Drain Sump Separation Program

Foundation Drain Sump Pump Program has been extended through June 2019.

The Board of Municipal Utilities authorized an extension and expansion of the Foundation Drain Sump Disconnection (FDSD) program. Through 6/30/2019, the Board authorized this program for residents/properties whose sump pumps are currently pumping their home’s foundation drain water to the sanitary sewer. Each participant will receive either a $300 sewer credit or a $100 sewer credit and a basin pump for permanently preventing their foundation drain water from entering the sanitary sewer. Visit our website ( for more information and call us at 440-933-6226 to see if you qualify. All who take part in the program will be required to complete an acknowledgment form.

More Information About the Program

Program Time Frame:                        July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2019

Program Area:                                    Anywhere in Avon Lake where footers (foundation drains) need to be disconnected from the sanitary (wastewater) sewer

Program Incentive:                           $300 sewer credit OR Zoeller Z105 drain sump pump with basin and $100 sewer credit


Sump pumps pumping “clean water” (defined as storm water or ground water) to the sanitary sewer is a violation and is subject to a $200/day fine if not removed, as the sanitary sewer is not designed to transport clean water and can become overloaded during/after rain events. This can lead to basement backups, additional costs for treatment, and environmental impacts such as sanitary sewer overflows into Lake Erie. Avon Lake Regional Water is currently working to separate sewers across the city to reduce raw sewage overflow into Lake Erie, and installations of these foundation drain sump pumps are one solution to the problem.

In May 2011, the Board of Municipal Utilities clarified Avon Lake Regional Water regulations to state that any foundation drain that uses a sump pump must be disconnected from the sanitary sewer, and failure to do so will result in the above-stated fine.

Avon Lake Regional Water has developed this program to hasten disconnection of foundations drains from sump pumps discharging to the sanitary sewer. Program rules and requirements are presented below.

Program Rules

1. This project aims to reduce the immediate stormwater inflow experienced in the sanitary sewer after strong rain events.

2. Participants must call to request a free inspection from Avon Lake Regional Water to determine if clean water is entering the sanitary sewer and, if that is the case, after completion of sump pump installation to assure the clean water source has been permanently removed from the sanitary sewer.

3.  Once it is determined that clean water must be removed, the responsible party must sign acknowledgement that he/she will complete the repairs within a 90 day timeframe and indicate which incentive he/she chooses, and obtain a Building Permit from the City of Avon Lake. (Applicable fees have been waived for permits related to this program and an Application for Residential Building Permit is herewith included for your convenience.)

4. If the resident chooses the Zoeller pump and sewer credit, the pump will be available for pickup at Avon Lake Regional Water’s administrative office upon presentation of the building permit.

5. If a resident is unresponsive to Avon Lake Regional Water’s first and second attempt to schedule the pre-inspection and/or does not respond prior to Avon Lake Regional Water issuing a fine for non-compliance, the resident will be disqualified from being eligible to receive the incentive.

6. If a resident elects to discharge clean water outside his/her residence, rather than into the storm sewer, the resident must not discharge the water in a manner that causes an undue water burden on neighboring properties.

7. Avon Lake Regional Water’s incentives and assistance with the foundation drain disconnection program in no way implies an acceptance of liability for the work that is undertaken or the consequences therefrom.

8. The resident accepts and/or retains ownership, operation, maintenance, and replacement responsibility for anything that may be installed under this program.

9. The incentive is eligible for residents in the project area who complete the work between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2019, and submit the re-inspection request by July 30, 2019.

10. Upon our acceptance of the work and with verification of finalization of the Building Permit, we will post the $100 or $300 sewer credit to the resident’s account.

11.  Avon Lake Regional Water shall have sole authority to determine eligibility for program participation, prioritization of requests and compliance with all requirements of the program and Avon Lake Regional Water regulations.


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