The City's wastewater is collected through approximately 430 miles of sewer lines, and delivered for treatment at one of four wastewater reclamation facilities. These facilities use various processes to achieve Class A+ effluent reclaimed/reuse water.
What is Wastewater?
Wastewater is used water. It includes substances such as human body waste, food scraps, oils, soaps and chemicals. In homes, this includes water from sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. Businesses and industries also contribute their share of used water that must be cleaned.
Why Treat Wastewater?
The most basic answer is to make our dirty water clean. It’s a matter of caring for our environment and critical for our health. Efficient wastewater treatment removes bacteria, pathogens, organic matter and chemical pollutants that deplete natural oxygen levels in receiving waters, and pose risks to animals and wildlife.
Central Beloat Wastewater Treatment Facility
Located at 915 South 7
th Street (1 mile south of Town Hall on 7 th street and Irwin).
Current Capacity – 4.5 MGD (Million Gallons per Day)
Currently Treating - 1.2 MGD
The Central Buckeye Wastewater Treatment Plant (pictured above) utilizes an advanced Activated sludge process to provide secondary treatment. The process, called The Bardenpho Process, provides both biological oxygen demand (BOD) and s uspended solids (SS) removal as well as nitrogen removal (nitrification/denitrification).
Sundance WRF (Water Reclamation Facility)
Located at 21760 West Watkins (7 miles Northeast of Town Hall on Dean and Ripple Road)
Current Capacity – 3.6 MGD (Million Gallons per Day)
Currently Treating - 1.2 MGD
The Sundance WRF (pictured above) performs a treatment process that consists of influent screening, grit removal, activated sludge biological treatment, sequential batch reactor (SBR) technology with denitrification, tertiary filtration, and ultra violet disinfection.
Tartesso WRF (Water Reclamation Facility)
Located at 31550 West McDowell Road (15 miles west of Town Hall on Sun Valley Parkway and McDowell Road).
Current Capacity - 1.2 MGD (Million Gallons per Day)
Currently Treating – 0.150 MGD
The Tartesso WRF (pictured above) performs a process that consists of influent screening, grit removal, sequential batch reactors (SBR), nitrification, denitrification, filtration and ultra violet disinfection. Sludge is pumped into an aerated sludge storage tank for stabilization and then dewatered in a centrifuge unit.
Festival Ranch WRF (Water Reclamation Facility)
Located at 18940 Norh. 287 th Avenue (26 miles north of City Hall on Sun Valley Parkway and 287 th Avenue).
Current Capacity - 1.0 MGD (Million Gallons per Day)
Currently Treating - 0.150 to 0.300 MGD (Incoming flow varies by season)
The Festival WRF (pictured above) treats domestic wastewater using sequential batch reactors (SBR), filtration, disinfection through an ultraviolet system, aerobic sludge digestion, belt filter press sludge dewatering, and an effluent pump station.