1) Where is the wastewater treatment plant located?
The plant is located at
2) Can I visit the plant?
Yes. Just give us a call to set up a tour.
3) Does water from the storm drain system go through the wastewater plant also?
No. The only water that enters the system is sanitary sewer.
4) Does the water leaving the plant go the Bear Creek or Ashland Creek?
About 2.1 Million Gallons of treated water leaves the plant each day and enters Ashland Creek. This blended water then travels about ¼ of a mile to Bear Creek.
5) Does the treatment plant staff do the laboratory testing of the water?
With the exception of some nutrient testing and other specialized testing, our laboratory staff does almost all of it.
6) What are the hours of operation for the plant?
We have an operator on duty from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, seven days per week.
7) Are there any special rules or guidelines for treatment quality that the plant has to meet?
Yes. The city operates under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit issued by the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The permit is issued for a period of five years. Currently our permit expires on December 31, 2008.
8) Does the plant use Chlorine to disinfect the water?
No. With the latest upgrade, we no longer use chlorine as a disinfectant. We now use ultraviolet light (UV).
9) Can I dump my used anti freeze in the sewer?
No. Anti freeze cannot be disposed of in the sanitary or storm sewer systems. You should make arrangements to have it recycled.