Working to Protect Public Health & the Environment
Grand Island's Wastewater Treatment plant helps keep our community healthy, clean and comfortable. Dealing with wastewater may not be a pretty topic, but we provide a crucial service that benefits every person, every home, every business, and the environment of Grand Island. We protect community health by controlling where waste goes, and by treating and disinfecting waste. Without wastewater treatment, things could be a real mess.
Wastewater Treatment Division Objective:
The WWTP is strictly regulated by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) through a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES) regulating water quality/effluent discharges from the plant to area waterways. Failure to comply with effluent limits may result in substantial fines. The WWTP compliance record is outstanding. This regulatory compliance is the primary responsibility of the WWTP.
This web site will explain the business of wastewater treatment, what we are doing to make improvements and upgrades to our system, what you can do to help maintain our city sewer lines, and where to call if you have concerns or questions about outdoor odors.
Grand Island has one wastewater treatment plant that serves a community of 50,000 people. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) over 365 days a year, with scheduled routine maintenance and/or special cleaning requiring periodic shutdowns of individual plant processes. Twenty seven (27) full-time staff operate and manage the plant, including trained professionals such as lab technicians, process control personnel, operators, maintenance crews and administrative personnel. The WWTP has emergency crews that are on stand-by 24/7, 365 days a year.
Funding of our wastewater services comes from user fees not general funds.