The Sanitary Sewer Collection System includes over
1,176 miles of sanitary sewer pipe which carries wastewater to two award-winning treatment facilities.
The Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant treats an average of
35 million gallons of wastewater per day and discharges into Wilson's Creek.
The Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant treats an average of
9.5 million gallons of wastewater per day and discharges into the Little Sac River.
The quality of Springfield's staff and commitment to environmental stewardship is evidenced by awards and recognition.
Learn more about how our treatment plants work:
From Waste to Water
The water that goes down our drains and toilets collects in the sewer where it’s carried to one of our City’s two award-winning treatment plants.
2. Head Works
All large solid objects - such as food scraps, flushable wipes, toys, and more - are screened out, collected, and transported to the landfill.
3. Primary Clarifiers
Larger insoluble materials are settled out and grease separated from the remaining wastewater in our primary clarifying tanks. Solids settle to the bottom of the tank and greases rise to the top.
4. Aeration Basin
This basin churns wastewater to increase oxygen levels and create an ideal environment for the employment of naturally occurring microorganisms to remove phosphorus and organics in the effluent.
5. Secondary Clarifiers
The secondary clarifiers, much like the primary, are used to separate the treated water from the other materials. In this instance, the microorganisms settle to the bottom and are recycled back into the aeration basins or sent to the anaerobic digesters.
6. Polishing Filters
The polishing filters are a final stage of filtration that push remaining solids back to the head of the process and allow treated water through.
7. UV / Ozone Treatment
Just before the treated water is released back into our streams, it is purified and disinfected by passing through UV light or through the diffusion of ozone into the treated water.
The excess and inactive microorganisms from step 5 are pumped to the digesters where they are broken down, creating methane for energy to help power the plant and solids which are further treated to remove excess water for future reuse.
9. Testing & Discharge
Testing throughout the process ensures the water being discharged into our waterways protects our public health and the environment.