The Wastewater Utility Department has six employees and is separated into two divisions; Plant Division and System Division. An enterprise fund, the stated intent of this department is to help protect the health of our community and the environment by collection and treatment of wastewater discharged by customers of the utility. The wastewater generated by the City is treated to meet or exceed standards specified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and then discharged to the Solomon River. The wastewater plant provides primary, secondary and advanced wastewater treatment, that speed up the natural decomposition process. Those processes allow the recycled wastewater to be returned to the river without harm to public health or the environment.
These facilities operate under permits to discharge treated wastewater, which are issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that sets forth specific discharge criteria that is protective of Public Health and the Environment.
Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes Safely
Many household products are potentially hazardous to people and the environment and never should be flushed down drains, toilets, or storm sewers. Treatment plant workers can be injured and wastewater systems can be damaged as a result of improper disposal of hazardous materials.
Other hazardous chemicals cannot be treated effectively by municipal wastewater systems and may reach local drinking water sources. When flushed into septic systems and other onsite systems, they can temporarily disrupt the biological processes in the tank and soil absorption field, allowing hazardous chemicals and untreated wastewater to reach groundwater. Some examples of hazardous household materials include:
• Battery fluid
• Motor oil
• Oven cleaner
• Paint thinner
• Rat poison
• Transmission fluid
Jim Kelly - Foreman
Justin Ryser - Operator II
Bret Heideman - Operator I
Adam Mosher - Foreman
Trevor Stumma - Operator II
Jeffrey Brown - Operator 1
Frequently Asked Questions
The average daily flow is 350,000 gallons.
The normal holding capacity of the wastewater treatment plant is 1.2 million gallons. However, it is capable of successfully treating 2.2 million gallons in emergency situations. Only wastewater that goes into the sanitary sewer system goes to the treatment plant.Rainwater that goes into the storm sewers is discharged directly to the river without being treated.
No. Roof drains and sump pumps must be discharged over the ground or into the storm sewer system. Storm water infiltration and other unmetered waters discharged into the sanitary sewer system increase the overall treatment costs.
The City's Sewer Collections crew will readily answer such inquiries. Contact the Distribution / Maintenance Department at (785) 738-3781 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or the 24-hour emergency number at (785) 738-5121. Sewer maintenance personnel will be dispatched to the location. If a problem is found in the City's sewer, it will be corrected. However, if the problem is not city related, you will be notified and a plumber should be contacted.
There is approximately 65 miles of sewer main, over 600 manholes and 9 sewer lift stations.
We send sampling results to Kansas Department of Health and Environment each month as required by our National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit No. KS0021903, and Kansas Water Pollution Control Permit No. M-SO05-IO01.
No. In the summer months, some of the water is diverted to the Beloit Country Club, where it is used to water the golf course
Yes. We encourage individuals and groups take a tour of our facilities. We believe that you will find it extremely educational. Call 738-3821 to set up a tour of the plant.