This department is responsible for maintaining and operating the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant, a 2.9 million gallon/day (MGD) extended aeration, activated sludge plant with average daily flows of 2.0 MGD. The plant receives wastewater from the collection system and treats it in accordance with state and federal regulations and permitting guidelines.
The wastewater plant recycles effluent for plant production and wash down and continues to seek other areas for effluent reuse. This department also operates a laboratory responsible for daily process controls and for TCEQ permit reports. We operate 2 sludge belt presses that dries the excess sludge that we then transport to the landfill. Educational tours may be available upon request.