New Sewers Address Health Issues
Since 2007, Ottawa County has been taking steps to address outdated, out of compliance wastewater treatment infrastructure along the Lake Erie coastline between Port Clinton and the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility. First, a wastewater treatment plant that served Camp Perry was replaced by a sanitary sewer main connection to the Port Clinton treatment plant. Next, additional sanitary sewer extensions were completed to serve businesses in the Lake Erie Business Park.
In 2012, cooperation with the general public led to the determination that the dense Ascher Beach Area located just west of the Port Clinton City limits should be targeted for installation of sanitary sewers. In 2013, the Board of Ottawa County Commissioners authorized Poggemeyer Design Group to prepare a master sanitary sewer plan for the area. That plan was completed in 2014 and includes a phased approach to address the needs along the entire Lakeshore Drive service area.
Repairs along Lakeshore Drive will improve water quality at the Lakeview Beach in Port Clinton and at the Ottawa County regional water treatment plant intake crib. Studies have found fecal coliform in catch basins throughout the region and obvious sewage in a storm drain that flowed directly to a waterway. Swimming advisories due to bacterial contamination have been posted regularly at the beach. Health department personnel attribute the findings to failed private on-lot sewage treatment plants.
The new sanitary sewer project will include 4,454 feet of 8" main, 1,930 feet of 6" laterals, 175 vertical feet of manholes (18 manholes), and one pump station. Construction is underway with completion expected in mid-July 2018 and connections beginning shortly thereafter.