The wastewater facility was built at its current location in 1982. Previously, it had been located where the current department of public works is now located. The facility has an exceptional track record of quality effluent. The facility has a design capacity of 3.65 MGD (millions gallons per day). However, this past year the facility operated at an average flow of 1.67 MGD. Strict effluent regulations are met on a daily basis in compliance with our WPDES permit.
Sewer backups are an unfortunate but common problem in U.S. cities and towns. Although municipal departments make every effort to prevent such incidents, they still may occur. The following information is offered to help property owners and residents understand why backups happen, how they can be prevented, and what steps citizens should take if a sewer backup affects their property.
Here is a list of common questions related to the Wastewater Facility upgrade.
Recently we have all been affected in one way or another by the heavy rainfall that southern Wisconsin has seen. Whether it was power outages, wet basements, longer commutes to work, water logged gardens or just trying to catch a break in the weather to keep up with lawn mowing. The official June ’13 rainfall amount from the NOAA weather station at the Whitewater Wastewater Utility was 10.52 inches. The historic average for the month of June is 4.13 inches.
The Wastewater Utility, in collaboration with funds from Focus on Energy and WE energies, has completed a Anaerobic Digestion Study. The study is able to be viewed by selecting the link located below. Several alternatives were investigated both from a digestion and a biogas utilization perspective. After reviewing, engineering recommendations were made which can be found in Appendix C. Currently, the city is in the process of its own review to make certain that all recommendations will be a good approach for the utility at this point in time. || Anaerobic Digestion Study ||
At every home, business, and industry there is a “private lateral” that conveys waste flows into the public mainline sanitary system. These lines flow predominately by gravity unless the topography makes it necessary for the installation of a “lift station”. A lift station does just that. It raises the liquid up and over a restriction until it can again gravity flow towards the facility for treatment.