Why might I need one?
All across Avon Lake, we are building sanitary sewers alongside currently combined sewers. Presently, raw sewage and rain water go into the same pipe, the combined sewer. Thus, during times of excessive rain, raw sewage ends up in Lake Erie. By 2020, all Avon Lake sewers must be separated.
As part of this separation, if your home was built prior to 1972, it is likely that you will need to install a new “lateral.” Nearly all Avon Lake residents will need to have two laterals total: One to carry your home’s wastewater to the sanitary sewer line, and one to evacuate the storm water runoff that comes from your foundation drain and other sources (like downspouts). If your foundation drain and clean water sources do NOT go into the sanitary sewer, you may NOT need a second lateral. Homeowners who built their homes after 1972 paid for a dedicated sanitary lateral as part of their home construction costs. Please call us to schedule a free inspection and we will let you know what, if anything, you need to do. Residents whose sewers have already been separated, but have not added a second lateral will likely need to.