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Division Overview

The Wastewater Collection program provides for safe collection and transmission of wastewater through the City's underground sewer mains, collectors and interceptor lines. The purpose of the Wastewater division is to maintain the collection system in such a manner that protects the public safety, health and the environment.

The City of Clearwater has over 364 miles of gravity wastewater lines, 38 miles of wastewater force mains, over 8,400 manholes and clean outs, and 78 wastewater pump stations. This system collects the wastewater from residential areas and businesses, transporting it to the City's 3 wastewater treatment plants.

The City employs 40 people to maintain the wastewater collection system, through general maintenance and emergency situations, 24 hours a day. We maintain the system in the following ways:

  • GRAVITY SYSTEM GENERAL MAINTENANCE
  • Vac Con truck cleaning main lines by high-pressure water jetting and vacuum extraction.

    VAC-CON truck
  • SPECIAL MAINTENANCE
  • A remotely controlled CCTV is used to inspect the sewer mains.

    CCTV Truck

    The camera control room is setup inside a truck, for quick access of problem areas.

    CCTV Monitor
  • GENERAL MAINTENANCE ON PUMP STATIONS City staff maintains electrical and mechanical system at the City's 78 wastewater pump stations. Stations are monitored by radio system that constantly sends information on the station's performance to the division's main computer.
  • TELEMETRY REPAIRS Electricians maintain the telemetry equipment used to monitor the status of the pump stations and ensure the accuracy of the data collected.

Helpful Hints:

Help us keep your plumbing bills, and possible rate increases down by observing the following:

  • No grease down the drains. (Cooking oils, fats, etc..)
  • No motor oils down drains. (This is illegal; take oil to a collection site.)
  • No egg shells down disposals or drains. Dispose of these in solid waste bins.
  • No kitty litter or coffee grounds down disposals or drains. These gritty materials sink, causing blockages in the line.