Jeffersonville North Wastewater Plant
River Ridge Commerce Center
423 Lewman Way
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
Phone: 812-285-6451 | Fax: 812-285-6454 | Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., M-F
Len Ashack, Utility Director
Sanitary Sewer Board Meetings
The Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board meets at 3 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Ct.
Please report sewer emergencies to the wastewater treatment plant at 812-285-6451 before calling a plumber. Treatment plant office hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
About the Wastewater Department
The Jeffersonville Wastewater Department is responsible for wastewater collection and treatment and wastewater and drainage billing for all of the City of Jeffersonville, except for those portions of the city served by the Oak Park Conservancy District.
Approximately 1,000 acres of downtown Jeffersonville — from roughly Main Street west to the city’s corporate limits with the Town of Clarksville — are served with combined sewers, pipes that collect both sanitary and storm water. During heavy rain events and snow melts, the city’s combined sewer often overflow, causing the discharge of diluted sanitary sewage into the Ohio River and Cane Run.
Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) violate the Clean Water Act. Jeffersonville is one of 772 CSO communities in the United States, a number that includes 107 Indiana communities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is systematically working with these communities to ensure that CSOs are reduced or eliminated.
For more information on CSOs, see the IDEM’s Combined Sewer Overflow Fact Sheet.
In August 2009, the Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board ratified a consent decree with the EPA, U.S. Department of Justice and Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The consent decree was accepted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in November 2009.
In April 2010, the Sanitary Sewer Board submitted to EPA a CSO Long-Term Control Plan which — when approved by EPA — will outline the work that must take place during the next 15 years in order to comply with the consent decree. It is estimated that the City of Jeffersonville will spend between $90 million and $120 million on waste and storm water projects to comply with the Clean Water Act by reducing CSOs.
Since 1998, the Jeffersonville City Council has voted to increase sewer rates twice (2004, 2009) and each time it was in response to the EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Water Act as it relates to CSOs.