The Great Lakes hold more than 20% of the world’s fresh surface water, and Lake Erie is the most at-risk lake of all the Great Lakes, because it is the shallowest. It is also the sole source of drinking water for millions of people, including all Avon Lakers. Part of our job as your water company is doing our part to keep Lake Erie healthy. To stay in compliance with EPA standards regarding the amount of raw sewage that discharges into Lake Erie, all Avon Lake homes need to separate their outgoing clean water (from foundation drains and downspouts) from dirty water (wastewater) and make sure their clean water is taken out of the sanitary sewer. As part of that effort, Avon Lake Regional Water and the City of Avon Lake continue to work together on the Avon Lake Combined Sewer Separation program. (Avon Lakers who bought homes built after 1972 already paid for their separation.)
The goal of the Avon Lake Combined Sewer Separation Program is to separate all sanitary and storm water sewers and make sure residents are putting the correct water into the correct sewer. With combined sewers (or, where sewers may be separated, but all homes are still putting storm water into one sewer) raw sewage and rain water go into the same pipe under the street. When it rains a lot, the combined water often “surcharges” this sewer, and discharges into Lake Erie.
By 2018, most Avon Lake homeowners will need to take their storm water out of the sanitary sewer.
As part of this effort, if your home was built prior to 1972, you have work to do.* You may choose to have two laterals total: One to carry your home’s wastewater to the sanitary sewer, and one to take storm water from your foundation drain and other sources (like downspouts) to the storm sewer under your street.
Residents whose sewers have already been separated, but have not added a second lateral may need to. All laterals will need to be connected by or soon after February 2018, and if all neighbors are connected earlier than that (see street listing and map below), restrictors on storm drains may be able to be removed at that time.
Please call us at 440-933-6226 to schedule an inspection of your home so you’ll know what, if anything, you need to do before 2018. Here’s how we’re helping make this a little easier for you:
- Avon Lake Regional Water is giving homeowners $1,000 in sewer bill credits** once the lateral is connected (click here for program details);
- Avon Lake Regional Water and The City of Avon Lake are waiving all permitting fees for work done as a part of this project;
- From the time the first letter was sent, we gave you at least five years to complete your own project.
Find out more about how to start on your lateral project by reading our Lateral Resource Guide. *If your home is on a slab, or if you do not have a drain putting clean water into the sanitary sewer, you may not need to build a new lateral. **As long as you are not putting clean (storm/rain) water into the sanitary sewer, one lateral connected to the sanitary sewer will suffice, but then you will not be eligible for $1,000 credit.
COMBINED SEWER SEPARATION SCHEDULE (including estimated start/completion dates and lateral connection deadlines)
|Neighborhood||Streets included||Estimated start date||Estimated completion date||Lateral connection deadline|
|Belmar||Belmar, Ashwood, Mooreland, Artsdale, Redwood, Electric, Lake||Summer 2013||Fall 2014||2/1/2018|
|Moorewood||Moorewood, Crestwood, Vinewood, Parkwood, Beachwood||2014||2015/2016||2/1/2018|
|Mull-Norman||Mull, Norman, Lake||Early 2016||Late 2016||2/1/2018|
|Fairfield/Berkshire(aka Brookfield/Inwood)||Fairfield, Berkshire, Inwood, Brookfield, Electric, Elmwood||2016||2018||2/1/2019|
|The 45s||Lakewood, Oakwood, Forest, South Point, Tomahawk, Clifton, Overlook||2018||2019||6/30/2019|
|Residents of streets whose combined sewers were separated prior to 2011)||Avon Belden/83, Beachdale, Beck, Bellaire, Belle, Burton, Cherry Lane, Coveland, Curtis, Dellwood, Drummond, Duff, Electric, Fay, Forest Hill, Glenview, Gra-gull, Groveland, Harvey Parkway, Herrmann, Inwood, James Circle, Jaycox, June, Karen, Lake, Lakeview, Lear, Miller, Moore, Mull, Norman, Parkview, Redwood, Sunset, Vanda, Vineyard, Westshore, Woodstock, Yoder, York||n/a||n/a||2/1/2018|