Wastewater Department

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Waste Water Treatment Plant Lead OperatorsDuties & Responsibilities

The Lead Wastewater Plant Operator and Plant Operator are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the designed 1.0 MGD (million gallons day) Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility. There are currently 13 lift stations that are located through-out the city that are also maintained and monitored by the same two staff members 24 hours per day - 7 days a week.

Duties include:

  • Submitting monthly, quarterly and annual reports to the Florida Environmental Protection Department.
  • Calibrating monitoring and operational equipment.
  • Repairing and provide preventive maintenance to all the pumps, motor and equipment.
  • Laboratory analysis for on-site operation adjustments
  • Monitor chemical and electric usages.
  • Mowing grass around the facility and discing peculation ponds bottoms.
  • Routinely checking Lift Station which includes cleaning float controls, removing rags and debris from the station.
  • Providing routine inspection and maintenance of emergency generator
  • Cross trained and State certified to assist in Water Plant operations and Distribution repairs  

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the city provide tours? Yes, please call 352-242-1301 ten days in advance
Does the facility provide reclaimed water for household irrigation? Not at this time, our current in-flow rate is not large enough to provide reclaimed efficiently or economically.
If a lift station in our neighborhood has a light flashing and bell ringing should I call someone? Yes, our lift stations are also monitored 24/7 by the SCADA system and we appreciate the back up call. The emergency phone numbers are located on the fence at the lift station 352-267-2673 or 352-536-4162.   

Description of process

The Facility uses a process that is called Biodenitro Treatment type; this was first used in the United States in the early 1970’s.The Biodenitro type is a biological process for removing nitrates, nitrogen and phosphorus without using expensive chemicals. The other very important factor is the energy efficiency cost savings. Aerators and mixers are all monitored continuously by a SCADA system. This computerized system makes the adjustment so the least amount of energy or cost is used for the treatment process.

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