The Wastewater Operations division is responsible for the operation of wastewater treatment facilities, collection systems, pump stations, and force mains. This program is also tasked with providing the beneficial reuse of bio-solids, eliminating land disposal of fats, oils, and grease residuals, and protecting the sanitary sewer collection system and wastewater treatment facilities from excess grease accumulation.
The O&M Department provides wastewater services to 267,998 residents safely treating approximately 22.701 mgd through eight wastewater treatment plants. On a daily basis, wastewater treatment plants intake approximately 21.701 mgd and produce 21.358 mgd of water for reuse.
For additional information, please view our Wastewater FAQs.
A service this section offers is Septic Truck Cleaning to vendors registered to do business with Pasco County, are located in Pasco County, and are collecting septic from Pasco County Residents. Once the request is completed and processed, an area is provided for the vendor to clean out the tank on their septic truck. Follow this link to access the request form for this service.
Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG, represent the most serious enemy of our sanitary sewer lines. When FOG is dumped down the drain, it forms large, thick grease balls that clog pipes. Clogged pipes can result in sanitary sewer backups and spills, create environmental problems, cause traffic tie-ups or even flood homes and businesses.
Additionally, cleaning wipes, “flushable” wipes, and paper towels – can cause clogs and sanitary sewer overflows that further impact public health and our environment. In fact, wipes are a leading cause of sanitary sewer overflows and costly clogs to County pipes and pump stations. The Wipes Clog Pipes section details more about the dangers of flushable wipes.
This division also manages the Environmental Compliance section that works closely with state agencies to help protect the County's wastewater infrastructure along with human and environmental health by ensuring compliance with federal and state environmental laws and regulations.
Some of the key functions of this section include:
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permitting & Maintenance
- Tier II Reporting
- Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) and Unpermitted Discharge (UD) Reporting
For more detailed information about these regulatory requirements, visit our Environmental Compliance section.
Kevin DuffyWastewater Operations Supervisor
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