The Hole Story

How we’re working to make your water supply even more resilient

You may have seen the big hole at Moore, Lake and Electric for the time being. What going on? Here’s the story.

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Between toxic algae and frazil ice, Lake Erie has been less than predictable in recent years. Avon Lake Regional Water’s $23-million Storage Improvement Project (SIP) is an integral part of maintaining a threat-resistant water supply in the face of these threats. The project site, located inside the intersection of Moore and Lake Roads and Electric Boulevard, is directly across from Avon Lake’s existing water filtration plant, and is the largest single project in the utility’s history.

After our brush with frazil ice in 2014, Avon Lake Regional Water created a multi-pronged plan to expand our capabilities in the face of a changing environment. The first part of that plan, modifying our water-intake grates, began last summer. August 2015 began another part of the plan: Expanding the amount of water to which our customers have access. The first phase of that expansion is this storage project at Lake and Moore Roads, which will bring our on-hand clean water supply total up to 4.6 million gallons. (The second and third phases of that expansion plan are a new, above-ground water tower, and additional interconnections with other water utilities.)

During the next two years at the corner of Lake and Moore Roads, new, underground clearwells (thus, the large hole) and additional pumping and emergency power generation facilities will be built. This project also includes the rehabilitation of several filters to improve treatment ability and conversion of existing basins to allow water to be recycled within the plant and reduce the burden on the wastewater treatment facility, saving ratepayers’ money.

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This building will house the improved pumping capabilities and accompany the underground clean water storage at the site.

Expanding our emergency water supply is an important safeguard. No one can predict the future, and this project will put us in a better position to handle extreme water needs across a wide variety of scenarios.

These improvements will be made using money from the state revolving loan fund. As always, all that we pay for comes from the money we receive from you, our customers in our seven-county service area. Our large number of customers means you pay less money for water than most folks outside our service area, and it also means the cost for projects like this are shared among a large number of people. We also work hard to find ways to save the money you give us. In this case, we went through a competitive application process to obtain a 0% interest rate from the Ohio EPA, saving all our customers more than $5 million over 20 years.

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