Separating Avon Lake’s combined sewers

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.

Click here to read the City of Avon Lake’s Resolution of Necessity.

By November 30, 2019, most Avon Lake homeowners will need to take their storm water out of the sanitary sewer.

Group A – November 30, 2018:

  • The Group A area includes all other homes on formerly combined sewer area streets including the Belmar project area (Artsdale, Ashwood, Belmar, parts of Electric, parts of Lake, Mooreland, and parts of Redwood), the Moorewood project area (Beachwood, Crestwood, Parkwood, Moorewood, parts of Electric, parts of Redwood, and Vinewood), Avon Belden (south of Redwood), Bellaire, Burton, Cherry, Dellwood, Drummond, Duff, Electric (parts), Glenview, Harvey, Inwood (south of Redwood), James, Jaycox, June, Lake (parts), Lear, Miller, Moore, Mull, Norman, Parkview, Redwood (parts), West Shore, Woodstock (south of Electric), Yoder, and York.

Group B – June 30, 2019:

  • The Group B area entails homes in the Fairfield-Brookfield Sewer Separation Project (Berkshire, Brookfield, Fairfield, Inwood north of Redwood, parts of Lake, and parts of Electric), as well as homes on streets with formerly combined sewers that do not have storm access including Avon Belden (north of Redwood), Beachdale, Beck, Curtis, Fay, Forest Hill, Groveland, Hermann, Karen, Sunset, Vanda, Vineyard, and Woodstock (Electric to Lake).

Group C – November 30, 2019:

  • The Group C area entails homes in the 45 Area Combined Sewer Separation Project (Forest, Grove, Lakeview, Lakewood, Oakwood, South Point, and Tomahawk) and on Avondale.

Please call us at 440-933-6226 to schedule a free 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.

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.


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