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Historically, epidemics due to diseases like typhoid and cholera, which are spread due to contact with wastewater, are what lead to wastewater treatment. Numerous diseases, parasites, and fungi can be found in wastewater. COVID is now being traced at wastewater treatment facilities in many cities.
Wastewater Treatment FAQs
Wastewater is often overlooked when it comes to public services, but it is an important asset to the community for public health and the health of the environment. We are classified by the Kentucky Division of Water as a Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant. We operate a 3.4 Million Gallon per Day "Vertical Loop Reactor" Wastewater Treatment Plant. It is considered an Activated Sludge treatment for the wastewater, which means it used bacteria generated by the wastewater to clarify the water before discharging into the Ohio River. Wastewater Treatment is essential to the receiving body of water and everyone downstream of or discharge. The plant operators constantly test the wastewater to maintain a natural balance of bacteria in order to produce a clear discharge.
We currently have 25 wastewater pump stations and over 75 miles of gravity sewer mains in our collection system. Sewage travels through the collection system by gravity until it reaches a sewer pump station. At that point, it is pumped to a higher point in which it will travel by gravity again until it reaches the treatment plant. These pump stations are checked every day to ensure proper working order.