The Lake County Department of Utilities is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 10 at its Madison Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 7815 Cashen Road.
The event is free and open to the public, and features plant tours, family activities, hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, and a “touch a truck” area that features many of the service and construction vehicles needed to service more of 500 miles of underground sewer line, according to a news release.
In 1972, construction began on the current site of the processing plant replacing the original Madison Township plant located nearby on Dock Road.
In 2012, plans were drawn up to modernize and expand the processing facility. The main features of the expansion were a complete rebuild of the treatment equipment, the addition of a new water filter and the conversion from chlorination/dechlorination to ultraviolet disinfection and the addition of a pumping facility effluent, the statement said.
The treatment plant, like all other treatment plants, operates 24 hours a day. Some areas may be noisy and certain restrictions will be put in place for the safety of participants and employees during the open house. Tours will also involve walking and standing.
“Water flowing down a sewer is something we take for granted, but it is truly a marvel of modern science,” Lake County Commissioner John Hamercheck said in the statement. “As you walk through our facilities, you will leave impressed with what we are doing to keep Lake Erie healthy.”
“Our utility has made tremendous strides in improving Lake Erie water quality through municipal wastewater treatment and continuous capital improvements,” said Wastewater Director Scott. McGlothin, in the release. “Our Madison Wastewater Treatment Plant is a state-of-the-art facility that is easy to see, understand and learn about at the event.”
For more information, contact the Utilities office at 440-350-2645 or visit www.LakeCountyOhio.gov/Utilities.