Wastewater Collection System personnel maintain over sixty miles of sanitary sewer lines including fourteen lift stations, providing service to approximately 4,600 customers. The jet rodder truck is being used for preventive maintenance and responding to blockage calls throughout the system. The truck is equipped with a vacuum system that rids the lines of debris, eliminating sources of future blockages. Along with jet rodding, a root cutter is used to clear roots out of the system. As a result, blockages in the sewer system have decreased substantially.
The City plans to continue with repair and replacement of main lines and manholes. In some cases, refurbishing the manholes in place is substantially less than replacement, and does not disrupt the flow of traffic in streets and alleys. Repairing problem areas in the system as they are found greatly reduces groundwater infiltration and allows us to reclaim the capacity of the sewer lines. This also significantly reduces the amount of influent into the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is important because the operational costs of the facility decrease as the influent requiring treatment decreases.
Department personnel maintain maps and records of the collection system, and are in the process of updating these records to reflect changes and upgrades. They are also involved in an ongoing training program, as well as keeping abreast of Federal and State regulations and how they affect day-to-day operation.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is continually undergoing procedural changes and minor upgrades to comply with newly issued Federal and State regulations. Staff continually monitor ways to improve the treatment process to stay in line with existing regulations and prepare for pending legislation. Since the Walnut River was declared an outstanding national resource water in the late 1990's, the treated water discharged into the river must meet the strict permit requirements prescribed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Currently the plant treats 600,000,000 gallons annually. Much of the effluent is pumped to Quail Ridge Golf Course for irrigating purposes. The treatment plant has pumped as much as 125,000,000 gallons a year to the Golf Course. Plant personnel participate in ongoing training programs and have received awards for statewide recognition of excellence in performance standards, safety and biosolids treatment.
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