‘The Hole Story:’ Will Avon Lake Water Improvements Aid Westlake?

ClearwellMudMat-225x300Avon Lake Regional Water is in the midst of making significant improvements to its infrastructure that include an increase of 4.6 million gallons to its clean water supply and a new, above-ground water tower.

The improvements, according to Avon Lake Water, will allow for “additional connections with other water utilities.”

Will those ‘additional connections’ include Westlake?

While the City of Westlake’s battle with the Cleveland Dept. of Water has been grabbing the headlines, the Avon Lake Municipal Water Dept. has been making significant improvements to its infrastructure.

“The Hole Story” is the department’s report on the project. Will this story figure in Westlake’s future as it finds competitive options for water service?

“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,” says the Avon Lake Regional Water Dept.

“The first part of that plan, modifying our water-intake grates, began last summer (2014). 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.”

A large hole at the corner of Lake and Moore Roads is the site of new, underground clearwells (thus, the large hole). Additional pumping and emergency power generation facilities will also 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.

Avon Lake Water went through a competitive application process to obtain a 0% interest rate from the Ohio EPA, saving customers more than $5 million over 20 years.

Will Westlake’s water future be part of this picture?

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