Fact Sheet - Sanitary Sewer System - DOES
What has happened with the Hudson sanitary sewer system?
- The City of Hudson transferred its sanitary sewer system to Summit County Department of Environmental Services (DOES) effective January 1, 2016. The agreement was finalized through legislation at the end of 2015.
- The transfer will eventually lower sewer bills for Hudson customers.
- The rate will remain the same for three years, after which the rates will adjust to the Summit County DOES rates, which are projected to be lower than Hudson charges.
- Hudson customers will see no change in services as the City seamlessly transferred the operation to Summit County.
- A letter was sent to customers on October 14, 2015 explaining the change.
When will my sanitary sewer services be provided by DOES?
- DOES began providing sanitary sewer services to Hudson customers on January 1, 2016.
Why transfer the sanitary sewer system to DOES?
- The City transferred the system to help keep costs down for customers. Costs had increased due to needing to replace aging infrastructure and keeping up with EPA mandated upgrades to the system. To meet these increasing needs, the City would have had to significantly raise costs for customers.
- The City was subsidizing the sewer fund with $1.3 million annually from the general fund.
- If the City kept operating their sanitary sewer system, the projected rate increase for customers would be 5% in 2015 and 2016 and 7% in years 2017, 2018, and 2019. This would increase the burden on Hudson sewer customers and still not cover the costs needed to operate the system.
- DOES was already servicing a good portion of the city and provided quality services.
When will I be billed by DOES?
- Because Hudson bills a month behind, customers will receive their last Hudson sewer bill in late January 2016 for December's charges.
- DOES bills quarterly, not monthly, so there may be a lag time between your last Hudson bill and your first DOES bill.
- DOES charges began January 1, 2016.
How do DOES rates compare to Hudson sanitary sewer rates?
- The average monthly bill in Hudson for sanitary sewer services is $71.45, compared to an average monthly bill of $49.64 for the same services.
Why can't I start paying the lower DOES rate right away instead of waiting for three years?
DOES has committed to use the difference in rates for Hudson improvement projects.
Will my Hudson sanitary sewer system deposit be refunded?
- If you made a deposit to the Hudson sanitary sewer system when you started using the service, you will be refunded.
- We will do this by either sending you a refund check or applying a credit towards your bill.
- The amount of the refund is $50.
How many customers does DOES serve?
DOES had approximately 46,000 customers before the transfer. DOES now serves all of Hudson.
Where were the previous service areas for Hudson and DOES?
- Green: Hudson Service Area
- Tan: DOES Current Service Area
Whom do I contact if I have any problems?
Summit Count DOES: 330-926-2400 or 800-828-2087