Public Utilities Waste Water

Salt Lake City Water Reclamation Facility & Wastewater Collection 

Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities owns and operates an award winning 56 million gallon per day (mgd) wastewater treatment facility. In 1999, the employees of the facility committed to a mission statement which pledged to “cultivate and preserve a skilled, professional, and diversified staff that achieves the protection of the public health and environment through optimum performance of its facility.” With that mission as our foremost goal, the reclamation facility has undergone numerous upgrades and modification since its beginning in 1965 as a “Tricking Filter Plant” to its current configuration as “Tricking Filter/ Activated Sludge Facility”. And through the dedication and expertise of all facility supporting staff, we are well into a second decade of perfect compliance to our Utah Division of Water Quality (DWQ), Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) Permits. In 2009 we were recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) with a Peak Performance Platinum 15 Award. We also manage a residuals-biosolids program and are exploring opportunities with re-use water.

For more information regarding the following topics, please follow the links below:

Operations and Maintenance
UPDES Permit
Plant Flows
Plant Process


Laboratory and Pretreatment
Pretreatment Program

Sustainability and Resilience
Residuals and Biosolids Management
It’s a No-Drainer Campaign
Co-Generation and Energy Conservation Programs
Re-Use Study

Awards and Recognitions


Public Education and Stewardship
It’s a No-Drainer Campaign
Water Softeners
Garbage Disposals
Prescription Drug Disposal

Wastewater Collection System

“The Wastewater Collections System Maintenance Group operates, maintains, and repairs the City’s wastewater collections system, providing safe and efficient sewer collections to all incorporated Salt Lake City area. Major components of this system include over 650 miles of collection pipe ranging from 4” to 80” in size. It also includes over 13,000 manholes and over 49,600 service connections. There are 35 sewer lift stations in the collection system.”

Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP) (11MB)