Wastewater services are important because they protect water quality, safeguard public health and support future development. Read the full news release about the wastewater system upgrades (PDF). What We Do
The Clean Water Services Division maintains the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) which serves an area of 145 square miles that includes the City of Springfield, surrounding Greene County, and the communities of Willard, Battlefield, and Strafford.
The POTW consists of the wastewater collection system and 2 treatment plants. On average over 39,000,000 gallons of wastewater are collected and treated every day. Quality improvement and pollution prevention programs ensure the protection of community and environmental health while increasing efficiency and innovation.
Private Sewer Repair Program
Removing rainwater from the sewer system is part of the City's $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows and improve water quality. Much of the excess water comes from downspouts, sump pumps, and area drains improperly connected to the sanitary sewer.
Searching for Low Rates
The City is pursuing the Private Sewer Repair Program to find the most cost effective way to keep rainwater out of the sewer system, at no additional cost to the property owner. This program is designed to keep future rates as low as possible.
In the Private Sewer Repair Pilot Program the City will test various approaches to remove rainwater and ground water from the sewer system. Results will help officials decide the best course of action to take Citywide.
Wastewater System Upgrades Protecting Water for Future Generations
The City of Springfield has reached an agreement with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding the City's sewer system. The agreement, called an Amended Consent Judgment (PDF), calls for $50 million in improvements to the City's wastewater system.