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  Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

        3333 Lakeshore Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 920-459-3464

Serving the City of Sheboygan, City of Sheboygan Falls, Village of Kohler, Town of Lima, Town of Sheboygan, Town of Sheboygan Falls, and Town of Wilson


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NO WIPES DOWN THE PIPES is a campaign to keep cloths, rags, non-flushable wipes, and flushable wipes out of the sanitary sewers.  The wastewater community experiences significant issues and expenses from clogged private and public sanitary sewers and pumps due to the wide spread use and marketing of "flushable” wipes.  Once the wipes are in the sewer pipes, they get hung up on roots and grease and tangled up in pumps.  Wipes are one of the biggest causes of sanitary sewer backups.

A number of items (termed “recognizable solids”) which are found to cause major problems to pipes and sewer lines in addition to “flushable” wipes are diapers and diaper liners, baby wipes, pre-moistened wipes, cleaning wipes and brushes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, toilet seat covers, cat litter, Q-tips, dental floss, paper towels, and rags.  Please put these items in a trash can. Only toilet paper and human waste (the “3Ps”) should be flushed.  Save yourself and your wastewater utility from a pain in the drain – flush only the 3Ps!

The Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant collected a total of 137 tons (27,400 pounds) of inorganic solids from the sewage entering the head of the treatment plant in 2016.  The cost to dispose of these solids was approximately $15,000.  The majority of these solids were from wipes and other items which should not be flushed down the toilet.

Together we can reduce the sewer backups, clogged pumps, and high maintenance costs by only flushing the 3 P’s.  Remember, even if it states "Flushable" on the package, IF IT IS NOT TOILET PAPER DO NOT FLUSH IT DOWN THE TOILET!
Check out the video, “Will It Flush?” created by the City of Spokane Department of Wastewater Management and shared in partnership with the Water Environment Federation.  For additional information please check out the link, "Flushable Wipes and Other Non-Dispersible Products” on the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) website.


Other communities joining the fight against wipes:
http://news.wef.org/city-of-carlsbad-spreads-the-message-dont-believe-the-hype-about-using-wipes/

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The Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) cleans the wastewater for over 68,000 residents in seven local communities.  The WWTF operates five major lift stations and an advanced treatment facility capable of treating an average of 10 million gallons per day with a peak design capacity of 58.6 million gallons per day.  The facility is operated and maintained by 15 dedicated professionals who work hard to produce clean water that is then returned to Lake Michigan.

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RAW PUMPS PRIMARY CLARIFIERS SECONDARY TREATMENT FINALS SOLIDS HANDLING TURBINES LAB

Wastewater passes through a series of five major treatment processes in order to remove excess nutreints and bacteria. Solids are treated by an anaerobic digestion which produces biogas. We convert the biogas into heat and electricity, enough heat and electricity to be nearly 100% self-sufficient. The digested biosolids are then dried and can be land applied as fertilizer.

The wastewater treatment processes and energy production requires a very skilled staff to fine tune the intricate balance of physical, biological, and chemical processes.  The Sheboygan Regional WWTF is a true Resource Recovery Facility and leader in sustainability.

For more information on Wastewater Treatment, please see our Wastewater FAQ Page

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Sheboygan Regional WWTF’s Waste to Energy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Presented by Sharon Thieszen at the WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2016 in Milwaukee, WI.
WEF Biosolids 2016 - Sheboygan WWTP.pdf

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Dewatering and Biosolids Case Study Presented by Sharon Thieszen at the CSWEA 2016 Annual Meeting in Madison, WI.
CSWEA 2016 - Sheboygan Biosolids Dryer & Process

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Click here for: Pretreatment Information & Forms for Hauled and Industrial Waste

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For more information on the effects of mercury, or to download a mercury discharge survey, please see our Mercury Pollutant Minimization Program page.

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Sheboygan records new all-time low for TSS loading to Lake Michigan The Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Facility recorded its lowest ever Total Suspended Solids (TSS) Effluent loading on record for August 2015. The plant recorded a TSS removal efficiency of 99.3%, featuring an average of under 2.0mg/l TSS and an average 127 pounds per day discharge to Lake Michigan. The plant also experienced BOD removal of approximately 99%, phosphorus removal of over 90%, and ammonia removal of nearly 98%.

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Please read this Sheboygan Press Article from Mayor Vandersteen on December 2nd, 2015 Sheboygan Wastewater Keeps Serving

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Our Biosolids Dryer Project is nearing completion. Check out some photos on the Construction Projects Page.

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Take our virtual plant tour by clicking here, or mouse over and click on different areas of the aerial photo to browse around our plant.

Check out progress on our current Construction Projects.

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To learn more about our facility, download a copy of our plant brochure.

Sheboygan Plant Brochure 2012

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The Water Environment Federation believes that wastewater treatment plants are not waste disposal facilities, but rather Water Resource Recovery Facilities that produce clean water, recover nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen), and have the potential to reduce the nation’s dependence upon fossil fuel through the production and use of renewable energy.

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Read this statement from the Water Environment Federation on Renewable Energy Generation From Wastewater.

WEF-Position Statement on Renewable Energy 2011.pdf

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Don't flush your old prescription medications.

Proper disposal of unused medications or prescriptions is a silent problem. When put down the drain, drugs and pharmaceuticals can get right back into our drinking water supply, and be harmful to fish and other wildlife. Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove these contaminants from their effluent. There are drop-off sites open 24 hours a day 365 days a year where you can safely dispose of unused or unwanted drugs or prescriptions. Check out the FLYER , and LOCATIONS & MAPS.

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To report a sewer problem after 4 p.m. weekdays or on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays call 459-3448 and state that you are reporting a sewer emergency.
Backups in sewer lines, line breaks, sewage odors and overflowing manholes are considered an emergency.
For other sewer related issues, please call Municipal Services at 459-3440 during regular business hours.