Water, sewer office moves to Buckeye Lake
The department closed its Newark office and moved to King Plaza at 4455 Walnut Road, next to the Buckeye Lake Library.
Moving the office to Buckeye Lake Village was pretty much a no-brainer, said Licking County Commissioner President Tim Bubb. “The sewer plant itself is in Buckeye Lake,” he said. “What we’re trying to achieve is convenience for our customers.”
He said the Licking County sewer system serves about 4,000 customers around the lake in Licking, Fairfield, and Perry counties. Previously, customers wanting to pay their bill in person or make in person inquiries had to travel into downtown Newark. Bubb said it makes sense to have the department’s office in Licking County, since Licking County runs the three-county sewer system. Bubb said commissioners considered moving the office to the wastewater treatment plant at the end of Hilton Road, but placing the office next to the Buckeye Lake Library once it became available was a far more cost effective alternative.
“The bulk of our customers are in the Buckeye Lake area,” said Licking County Water and Wastewater Director Kevin Eby. “This will provide better service to the most customers. We only have 150 water and sewer customers just north of Newark, the rest are around the lake.” He said the move only negatively affects the 150 customers that need to make a trip to the lake to do business. “We are in the process of adding online bill pay and viewing for more convenience. Also, several forms can also be downloaded from our site,” said Eby.
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as they were in Newark. Eby said the department is not planning to expand service in Fairfield and Perry counties, other than fill-in growth.