Wastewater Utility

The Wastewater Division is responsible for the proper operation of the wastewater treatment plant and compliance with all State and EPA regulations.

Department Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintain all Town owned sewer mains
  • Jet clean sewer mains
  • Video tape sewer mains
  • Rehabilitate manholes
  • Sewer main locates
  • Sewer line inspections

Following the 2013 flood, the wastewater treatment plant received a significant upgrade using modern treatment technologies and equipment.  As a resident, your help is requested to keep excess fats, oils and greases (FOGs) out of the waste stream. Learn more.

Wastewater Rates


As part of the 2019 budget process, the Board of Trustees recently approved a wastewater utility rate increase. These public services are not funded by tax dollars, rather, they are supported by utility rates and fees paid to the corresponding “enterprise fund.”

Each user of the publicly owned wastewater treatment plant is charged a monthly service charge. For town-provided, metered water residential customers, there is a wastewater monthly service (base) charge, plus a volume charge. The consumer’s volume rate is based on the average winter consumption of water usage for the three months of December, January and February, divided by 3 and then multiplied by $9.50 for each 1,000 gallons of water use for such three-month period.

Using average winter consumption, the average household is Lyons is billed for 3,000 gallons monthly. Wastewater rates were last raised in February 2016. The Town of Lyons offers a low-income wastewater rate. If you meet HUD eligibility guidelines, please inquire at Town Hall.

For Town-provided metered water, for nonresidential customers, there is a wastewater monthly service (base) charge, plus a volume charge. The consumer’s volume rate is billed at $9.25 for every 1,000 gallons used each month.

Unmetered water users pay a flat wastewater service charge.

Wastewater rates listed below will become effective January 1, 2019, with billing beginning on the February 2019 utility bill.

Wastewater Fees

Metered Residential Monthly Service Charge $22.65
Metered Residential Volume Charge per 1,000 gallons
 (based on three-month average: December, January & February)
$9.50
Unmetered Customers Monthly Service Charge $98.50
Metered Nonresidential Monthly Service Charge $22.65
Metered Nonresidential Volume Charge per 1,000 gallons
(based on actual usage each month)
$9.25
For more information, please see Ordinance 1042.

Check for Leaks. Save Water and Money! A leaking toilet can waste up to 500 gallons of water per day. You can reduce your water bill and conserve water by checking for and fixing leaks inside and outside of your property.

Did you know? Trash put down the toilet clogs pumps and makes wastewater treatment more difficult. These difficulties can increase the cost of wastewater treatment for the community. Remember toilets are not trash cans!