Request for public comment: 45s Area Project

Request for public comment: 45s Area Project

Avon Lake Regional Water intends to rehabilitate the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure within the 45s area, including Lakewood, Oakwood, Forest, South Point, Tomahawk, Clifton, Overlook, Electric, and Vanda. We will be requesting $20 million to $30 million from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for this project that will both provide more reliable water and wastewater services and reduce overflows into Lake Erie. This project will be paid for with revenues collected by water fees (for the water lines), wastewater fees (for the sanitary sewers), and taxes for the storm sewers and road repairs.

Ohio EPA will administer loan preparation.  Construction will be undertaken by contractors selected by competitive bidding. Construction will begin 2017 and be completed 2019. Avon Lake Regional Water will receive a blended interest rate of the standard (currently 1.98%) and the HAB-response rate of 0%.

EPA Environmental Report on Avon Lake Regional Water’s 45s Area Project
After the public comment window has closed, the Ohio EPA will make available for public review an environmental report of this project. Once ready, the document may be viewed here, Ohio EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/defa/ofa.aspx  (“Documents Available for Review and Comment” – WPCLF Documents for Review and Comment”) and at our administrative offices at 201 Miller Road in Avon Lake.

If you would like to receive either an electronic copy via e-mail or a paper copy of the document via U.S. mail, please contact Linda Merchant-Masonbrink of Ohio EPA at either: L.Merchantmasonbrink@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3656.

Please contact Todd Danielson, Chief Utilities Executive, 440-933-6226, if you want more information or have questions or comments. Comments should be received no later than September 15, 2017. Comments can be sent three ways:

Via telephone (440) 933-6226
Via e-mail (contact@avonlakewater.org)
Via Facebook message (facebook.com/avonlakewater.org)

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Flushing the Water Pipes for Corrosion Control Effort

Beginning Monday, August 14th, Avon Lake Regional Water crews will start flushing the water pipes within the city.  Flushing will take place in various areas of the city for the next several weeks, beginning at 7:00 a.m. each day.  Crews will start on the west side of Avon Lake and then move east.

Anticipated areas for Week of August 21st: West side of Avon Lake between the Sheffield Lake border and OH-83. 

During this time, the water is safe to drink and use.  However, we recommend reducing your water usage if you see the crews in your area, as this will allow any sediment may be stirred up during the flushing to pass by your connection and go through the open hydrant. We do recommend you hold off on laundry during the flushing hours on your day to help reduce chances of sediments possibly staining your clothes.

Your water may become discolored during the flushing process, but it should clear up quickly after running the cold water faucet.  If you see discolored water, run your cold water faucet for up to 10 minutes.  If you still see discolored water after 10 minutes, give us a call at (440) 933-6226.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (440) 933-6226.

Flushing of the water pipes is in preparation for our new corrosion control effort. Across the State of Ohio, water treatment facilities implement corrosion control efforts to prevent corrosion of their water pipes. The most common approach is to add phosphate to the water to coat the inside of the pipes to prevent corrosion. The phosphate reacts with the pipes to form an insoluble coating to protect the pipes. The amount of phosphate that will be added to the water is a minimal amount that will not impact the quality or taste of the water, and is well within guidelines approved by the Ohio EPA.

For those who might be concerned, during the initial application, the amount of phosphorus in one cup of water will be about 0.15 mg; and, in the long-term, there will be about 0.05 mg of phosphorus in a cup of water. For comparison purposes, a cup of Skim Milk has about 250 mg of phosphorus.

Please feel free to call Avon Lake Regional Water at (440) 933-6226 if you have any questions.

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NOW HIRING

We are currently looking for the right person to be our first Analyst/Assistant. What is it? It is a person who likes working with numbers. The ideal person would have accounting knowledge and also have an ability to look to analyze trends, etc. to see where we might want to focus to help reduce unnecessary expenses. This ideal person could help identify the best funding sources and “make numbers talk” so that we can more easily see revenues and expenses. Sound like it may be interesting? Contact us at the email address below.

Analyst/Assistant – JobDescr-Analyst/Assistant

 

We are also looking for an entry-level Engineer. The ideal candidate has just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technology and is interested in a lot of different areas. This engineer will be responsible for GIS and drafting work, assist with launching our new asset management program, inspect construction projects, and do a variety of more-mundane, but equally important, things.

Engineer – JobDescr-Engineer

The positions will be opened until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@avonlakewater.org.

 

 

We will soon be posting to find a new Underground Asset Locator, and our next Chief of Utilities Operations. Stay tuned.

 

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