Town of
Port Bay Sewer Project

Proposed Port Bay Sanitary Sewer Project

15 September 2014:  The Town Board signed the order for a public hearing regarding the formation of Sewer District No. 1.   To review the Order click on the PDF file under "Documents" below.


7 April 2014:  MRB has completed the report for the proposed sewer district covering Port Bay.  For convenience, the complete details are available for viewing by clicking on the PDF file under "Documents" below.  The report among other things, contains the project design, description, planning, estimated cost, area description and map.  The Town of Wolcott is the lead agent for this joint project and has officially established a Sewer District for their area.  A Sewer District has not been officially formed by the Town of Huron, pending an official survey/petition of affected property owner interest.  


2013 Information:  MRB (Engineering) Group and Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority presentation May 22, 2013:




  • The 2007 "Four Bay Sewer Study" outlines a long range plan for sanitary sewers around the four Wayne County bays on Lake Ontario.  The construction of public sewers around Port Bay is an integral component of that long range plan.


  • The project is eligible for 30-year, interest free "Hardship" financing from the New York State Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRP).


  • The 2010 Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) prepared for the USEPA and NYSDEC calls for a 100% reduction in phosphorus loading to Port Bay, from septic systems.


Scope of Project


  • Approximately 15 miles of small diameter, low pressure sanitary force main with individual grinder pumps and laterals for each home.


  • Approximately 640 EDU's.


Financing/Cost Impacts


  • The total estimated project cost of $10,700,000 is proposed to be funded through a 30-year, zero-interest loan through the CWSRF.


  • Estimated annual cost Impact to "Typical" Single Family Home  

Item                                               Estimated Annual Cost


Debt Service                                                  $557


Sewer Use and Electric Charges                       $280*


Capital fund Contribution for Grinder

Pump Replacement                                         $ 50


Total                                                                $887**


*Based on assumed typical residential water use in the area of approximately 50,000 gallons per year.


**Four Bay Study Reported Estimated Annual Cost per User in the range of $1,200 to $1,800.

  • In addition, the following one-time charges are anticipated. These one-time charges will be the responsibility of the homeowner:


For those Who Hook-up to the System Immediately  

The cost of incorporating the grinder pump into the existing plumbing and interior electric.  This cost is "ball-parked" in the range of $1,000 - $2,000.


The cost of pumping out and abandoning the existing septic tank.  this cost is "ball-parked" in the range of $500 - $1,000.  

For those Who choose to Hook-up to the System at a Later Date

The above charges plus the following additional costs:


The cost of installing a grinder pump.  The pump will be provided, but the homeowner will have to pay to have it installed.  This cost is "ball-parked" in the range of $500.


An inspection fee estimated at $500.


Tentative Schedule


  • June 29, 2013 - Public Information Meeting.
  • December 31, 2013 - SEQR/SERP Completed.
  • December 31, 2013 - Formation of Sewer Districts
  • January 31, 2014 - Bond Resolution Approved
  • February 28, 2014 - CWSRF Application Submitted (Deadline is April 4, 2014).
  • October 1, 2014 - Engineering Plans and Specifications Submitted.
  • February 2015 - Bidding.
  • April 15, 2015 - Notice to Proceed - Construction.


Next Step (Prior to Public Information Meeting)


Information letter to residents, including an informal "survey" asking if they are "In Favor" or "Not in Favor" of the public sewer project.



Petition for proposed Port Bay, Sewer District No. 1, Town of Huron, to be completed and signed before a Notary Public; mail to or drop off - Town Clerk, Town of Huron, 10880 Lummisville Road.  Post Office - Wolcott, New York 14590.