How Your System Works

We collect and treat wastewater. We take your used water, clean it up, and return it to the environment. This section contains a simple explanation of how we collect and treat the water that flows out of your home or business as well as advice on how you can protect your property and the environment from sewer back-ups.

Collecting Wastewater >
The wastewater collection system, or sewer system, carries that wastewater from our customers to a wastewater reclamation facility. Small diameter lateral pipes, which belong to the homeowner, carry the wastewater from your property to the sewer main. These pipes feed into increasingly larger mains until it comes into the treatment/reclamation plant. Vertical pipes, called manholes, connect the mains to the surface. The manholes are used for access to the sewer pipes for inspection and maintenance. The District's sanitary sewer collection systems carries domestic and industrial wastewater, and are operated separately and independently of storm drains, which carry the runoff of rain and other water which wash into streets and parking lots, etc.

Treating Wastewater >
Wastewater treatment or reclamation is cleaning used water and sewage so it can be returned safely to the environment. The goal is to reduce or remove organic matter, solids, nutrients, disease-causing organisms, and other pollutants from the used water. In other words reclaim it and send it back into the environment for reuse.