Sewer Lateral Program

Program Time Frame: January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2022

Program Area: Avon Lake

Program Incentive: $1,000 sewer bill credit


During combined sewer separations, Avon Lake Regional Water had historically (prior to 2013) not required foundation drains with gravity connections to the sanitary sewer to be disconnected. Rather, they were required to be disconnected when a resident performed foundation drain, foundation, or lateral work. Following the change in regulations that began requiring removal of all clean water sources from sanitary laterals, Avon Lake Regional Water began offering an incentive program that would provide $1,000 in wastewater bill credits for customers whom separated “clean” and “dirty” water sources and ended up with sanitary wastes discharging through a sanitary lateral to the sanitary sewer and storm/”clean water” wastes discharging through a storm lateral to a storm sewer or another storm channel.

When this program was first initiated, Avon Lake Regional Water focused on the currently and formerly combined sewer areas in order to help aid in compliance with the City’s Long-Term Control Plan. However, this program is now being expanded to include anywhere in Avon Lake where a customer has a lateral that receives clean water sources. Now, in order to qualify for the wastewater bill credit, the customer must prevent clean water sources from entering the sanitary lateral and end up with two or more laterals that discharge sanitary wastes to the sanitary sewer and storm/”clean water” wastes to the storm sewer or another storm channel.

Program Rules

  1. This credit applies to homeowners who reduce the immediate stormwater inflow experienced in the sanitary sewer after strong rain events. Participants’ homes must be within Avon Lake.
  2. Residents must allow Avon Lake Regional Water representatives to inspect to determine if clean water is entering the sanitary sewer and, if that is the case, after completion of the work to assure the clean water has been permanently removed from the sanitary sewer.
  3. Once it is determined that clean water must be removed, the responsible party must sign an acknowledgement that he/she will complete the repairs within the required timeframe and obtain a Building Permit from the City of Avon Lake (if the work being performed is not exclusively construction of a gravity lateral).
  4. To qualify for the bill credit, the responsible party must discharge clean water into the storm sewer or another storm channel.
  5. Avon Lake Regional Water’s inspection and bill credit in no way implies an acceptance of liability for the work that is undertaken or the consequences therefrom.
  6. The responsible party accepts and/or retains ownership, operation, maintenance, and replacement responsibility for anything that may be installed under this program.
  7. The rate rebate is eligible for residents in the project area who complete the work between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2022.
  8. Upon Avon Lake Regional Water’s acceptance of the work and any requisite approvals from the Building Department, Avon Lake Regional Water will provide a $1,000 wastewater bill credit to the party paying the wastewater bill. This is payable quarterly over a ten-year period. The rate rebate may not be accelerated and is not transferrable. If there is a special arrangement where there are different parties responsible for payment of the work required and for payment of the wastewater services, and the party paying for the work uses a lateral loan offered by Avon Lake Regional Water, the credit may be applied to the loan principal/interest bill. Note that if the customer previously took part in the Foundation Drain Sump Disconnect program and received the $100 or $300 bill credit, any credit received through this program will be capped at $1,000 total bill credit, including the previous program.
  9. Avon Lake Regional Water shall have sole authority to determine eligibility for program participation, prioritization of requests and compliance with all requirements of the program and Avon Lake Regional Water regulations.