Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to common questions are brief and based upon our understanding of the best information available at this time. Specifics may turn out slightly different and all are subject to Indiana Code and law, funding agency requirements and engineering realities.

Revised, January 2020

How was the project funded?

The LRSD project funded by a 40 year loan from USDA and grant monies.

What kind of collection system does LRSD have? How does it work?

The collection system is known as a “low pressure” sewer system. Wastewater from your home will flow to a collection tank underground (the grinder pump basin.) From there, a pump will grind and push the liquefied waste into a pressure sewer main and on to the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Will my neighbor and I have to pay for a new grinder pump if the one we are connected to fails or wears out?
No, the District owns the pump and will provide all maintenance, repair and replacement, when necessary. On the other hand, you will be required to adhere to normal usage guidelines. If you have breakdowns due to repeated improper use, you could be charged for repairs.
Will other people’s waste back up into our grinder pump station?
No, the grinder pump stations are protected by check valves that prevent backflow.
Can I landscape around the grinder?

Yes, you may, but remember there is a 10 foot easement around the grinder. If maintenance of the grinder requires the removal of, or causes damage to, landscaping within the 10 foot easement, replacement or repair costs will be at the homeowner’s expense.

Are there guidelines for Building sewer construction available to homeowners?
Guidelines/LRSD sewer standard is available web-site or at the administers office.
Will landlords get the bill, or can they just make the renters responsible like they do with NIPSCO bills?
The property owner (the landlord) is responsible for the bill, just as they are with taxes. They may charge their tenants as they see fit.
Where can I pay my bill?
The Board has provided alternate payment methods from mailing. see instruction on the web site or call the administration office. 574-529-2383.
We have a seasonal lake cottage. Must we pay year-round?
Yes. The public sewer was built and sized to handle 100% of the wastewater from the properties connected to the system as if they were occupied 365 days a year. The capital cost, as well as the operation, maintenance and replacement cost are shared equally among all property owners connected to the sewer.
If we lose electricity, will the sewer system shut down and my house drain back up?
No. First, the Waste Water Treatment Plant and pumping stations will have automatic back-up power generators to maintain operation. Second, you will not have power to run the well pump so no waste will be entering the system. Backflow preventers (check valves) will also be installed at appropriate places to address backflow concerns. If you have a back-up generator to power your well pump, you will have to be aware of the holding capacity of the grinder pump because it will not operate until line power is restored.
Who will maintain the sewer system?
The Board is responsible for maintaining the proper operation as well as the financial health of the system.