Utilities Office

July 1, 2020 -- Sewer Service Transfer from Village of South Zanesville to Muskingum County On July 1 Muskingum County Sewer Department welcomes more than 700 customers from the Village of South Zanesville. The Village and County have been working together for more than 40 years and agreed that it would be better for the customers to consolidate ownership with the County. The County bills its customers bimonthly, six times per year. The South Zanesville area will be billed in even numbered months and covers two months service. The first bill will be mailed in late August and due September 15. This will be a bill for one month’s service because the transfer happens in the middle of a billing period. The County is currently transitioning between online bill pay contractors. After September 1, the County will be able to offer Village customers payment by credit card at the office, or online bill pay with credit or debit cards for a small charge. Customers can sign up anytime at the Utilities Office for Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) bill payment where the bill amount is automatically withdrawn from the bank account of your choosing on the bill due date. There is no additional charge for the ACH service (application is on the web site). You can review Payment Options on this site. Thanks for your patience during these changes.

The Muskingum County Utilities Office is the customer service center for the Water and Sewer Departments. The office processes applications for water or sewer service, processes payments, responds to customer inquires, maintains both water and sewer system records, etc. The office is open to customers Monday through Friday 8 Am till 4 PM except legal holidays. The office has a drive-thru window that is open during business hours and a drop box available during non-business hours.

Service Advisories

The Water Department issues several types of service advisories, some for the protection of the customers and others just to keep the public informed of activities that may impact their water service. The Water Department issues service advisories of two types, an emergency situation or a planned outage for construction or repairs.

  • Boil Advisories
  • Service Outtages
  • Hydrant Flushing

The Water Department issues precautionary boil water advisories when a loss of pressure in the water main can potentially contaminate the water. Although these advisories can be inconvenient they are issued for your protection. If you are under a Boil Advisory, you should boil vigorously for three minutes any water used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice, or other consumption. You do not need to boil water for bathing, washing dishes, laundry, or other external uses.

Service outages are normally the result of an unexpected water line break or a natural disaster that causes a power outage. Many of the unexpected line breaks are the result of construction activity near the water line. Remember state law requires any one to call the utility protection service before digging so that all utilities in the area can be located. This is primary for your safety, but it also reduces the service interruptions for your neighbors. There are other occasions when the outage could be part of scheduled system maintenance. The Water Department is proud of our good record of keeping the water flowing. Please call the business office whenever you see a leak.

The Water Department normally flushes the system mains in spring and summer by running water out the fire hydrants. This process accomplishes two things. First, opening a hydrant increases the velocity of the water moving through the water lines and causes any sediment that may have settled in the line to be moved out through the hydrant. One of the side effects is that if a customer happens to draw water while the cloudy water is moving past their service connection some of the cloudy water will be drawn into the service line. To reduce the chance of getting cloudy water, a customer should avoid using water while the crew is flushing in the neighborhood, especially do not wash laundry. After the crew has finished flushing in the neighborhood, the customer should open a faucet and let the water runs for a few minutes to ensure there is no cloudy water in the service line. Second, the flushing activities are also an opportunity to exercise each fire hydrant and check for needed maintenance so the hydrants will be ready to use in an emergency.

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