Serving the region, protecting our resource.

About the Avon Lake Water Reclamation Facility

The Avon Lake Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) was established in 1960 to meet the community’s expanding need for safe wastewater treatment.

The WRF serves all of Avon Lake, northern sections of Avon, and the Lorain County Rural Wastewater District (LORCO). LORCO includes areas in and around Eaton and Carlisle Townships.

In 2016, Avon Lake Regional Water began a three-year, $35 million rehabilitation project to WRF to increase the amount of water treated at the facility to meet increased needs. Upgrades included upgrades of new UV disinfection units, a new laboratory, a new power generation system, a new raw sewage pump station, upgrades to other pumps, new screening units, grit removal upgrades, upgrades to tanks, and new solids press.

To comply with the Ohio EPA, the Utility has discontinued using its on-site monofill and now hauls its dewatered wastewater and water plant residuals to a solid waste landfill. Soon, a study will be undertaken to determine the most effective and appropriate methods for solids treatment and beneficial reuse/disposal.

Analysis

The plant’s final effluent is thoroughly tested to assure compliance with both state and federal limits before it enters a submerged, diffused, discharge system that extends approximately 1,200 feet into Lake Erie’s receiving water. Tests for biological oxygen demand, pH, temperature, hexavalent chromium, phosphorus, solids (total, dissolved, suspended, and volatile), ammonia, dissolved oxygen, and oil/grease are performed at WRF laboratory. Wastewater related tests for kjeldahl nitrogen, nitrate/nitrite, arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, total chromium, copper, and other trace metals are performed at the Water Filtration Plant’s laboratory.

NPDES Permit

The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) has set many water quality limits on that the water that may be discharged into the nation’s lakes and streams. The state of Ohio issues a NPDES Permit, which specifies discharge limits for municipal wastewater treatment facilities. The Water Reclamation Facility’spermit specifies a total phosphorus limit of 1 part per million (ppm). The Facility’s average total phosphorus discharge is well below the NPDES specified limits.

How big is a ppm? One part per million is equal to one minute in two years or one penny in $10,000. The mission of the WRF is to ensure that the plant’s discharge will meet or exceed federal and state guidelines for protecting Lake Erie, our receiving waters.

SEPARATING AVON LAKE’S COMBINED SEWERS

After passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972 (federal law), the City of Avon Lake and Avon Lake Municipal Utilities immediately began to separate its combined sewers and by 1974 had a City Master Sewer Plan in effect that would eliminate dry weather combined sewer overflows (CSOs). By 1994 congress established a CSO Control Policy to provide guidance and authorize states to issue permits limiting the levels of overflow cities could discharge into the environment. It also ensured the public would be involved in the implementation of CSO management practices and controls.

In May of 2001, Avon Lake City Council authorized the City Engineer to begin requesting engineering service proposals for the design and construction of the Avon-Belden Road Combined Sewer Separation. The following March, the Municipal Utilities began negotiating a contract with Brown & Caldwell, a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in CSO control planning, to develop a long term plan required by the State of Ohio EPA and USEPA.

In 2004, Avon Lake Regional Water, the City of Avon Lake, and Ohio EPA came to agreement that all combined sewers in Avon Lake would be separated by 2020. Between 2004 – 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water accelerated efforts to complete the remaining combined sewer separation projects within Avon Lake to meet Ohio EPA’s deadline of December 31, 2019.

In December 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water completed performed the final conversion steps on the sewers, thus eliminating all remaining combined sewers in Avon Lake.

Combined Sewer Overflow Information

In 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water eliminated the remaining combined sewers within the City of Avon Lake. Per our Long-Term Control Plan, Avon Lake Regional Water must provide an annual report on combined sewer overflows and notify the public of a combined sewer overflow (CSO) event.  Below are the annual reports and information events that occurred in 2019.

In 2020, Ohio EPA notified Avon Lake Regional Water that the Center Road Pump Station location will remain a CSO until completion of the monitoring period (2021), per our Long-Term Control Plan. If Avon Lake Regional Water experiences a CSO event at this location, information will be posted below in the Combined Sewer Overflow Event Notification section.

 

Annual Combined Sewer Overflow Notification

Click here to view the Annual Combined Sewer Overflow Notification for 2019.

Click here to view the Annual Combined Sewer Overflow Notification for 2018.

Combined Sewer Overflow Notification Plan

 

Combined Sewer Overflow Event Notifications

CSO Event – September 7, 2020

On September 7, 2020, due to the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional experienced a CSO event at its Center Road Pump Station starting at 10:15 a.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – May 15, 2020

On May 15, 2020, due to the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at its Center Road Pump Station starting at 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – April 8, 2020

On April 8, 2020, due to the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at its Center Road Pump Station starting at 12:15 a.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – March 30, 2020

On March 30, 2020, due to the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at its Center Road Pump Station starting at 6:00 a.m.  Click here for more information.

CSO Event – August 22, 2019

On August 22, 2019, due to the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations starting at 6:00 a.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – June 20, 2019

On June 20, 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – June 16, 2019

On June 16, 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – June 2, 2019

On June 2, 2019, because of the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 2:30 a.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – May 28, 2019

On May 28, 2019, because of the heavy rains, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – April 20, 2019

On April 20, 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 8:04 a.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – January 23, 2019

On January 23, 2019, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

CSO Event – December 31, 2018

On December 31, 2018, Avon Lake Regional Water experienced a CSO event at all locations at about 1:50 p.m. Click here for more information.

 

Contact Us/­​Emergency

ph. 440.933.6226 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) | ph. 440.933.3229 (after office hours and weekends)