Water Pollution Control


Mike Nixon, Superintendent

Water and Water Pollution

The City of Lancaster was featured in the October 2021 issue of Trenchless Technologies.  The article discussed the success the City achieved in removing Infiltration and Inflow in the western portion of River Valley Highlands through joint grouting.  You can read the article here.
Corona Virus Update

​In light of the COVID-19 outbreak the use of disinfecting wipes are increasing.  These wipes are a great way to fight the spread of the disease.  But...they are DISPOSABLE not FLUSHABLE which means they need to be thrown in the trash not the toilet.  Flushing wipes can cause blockages and clog pump stations cause equipment failure and backups.  Please only flush body waste and toilet paper.
The City of Lancaster Division of Water Pollution Control Facilities represent the City’s ongoing commitment to serve the community’s needs while protecting the environment. The facilities support existing development and allow additional growth well into the 21st century while maintaining a positive effect on the environment of the area.
Water Pollution Plant
The origins of the Lancaster systems dates back to 1939 when the contracts for the construction of the Lawrence Street Water Pollution Control Facility and the interceptor sewers that connect to it.  The system continued to grow along with the City to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers.  With the 2011 construction of the Upper Hocking Water Pollution Control Facility, the system now includes
  • 10 miles of Combined Sewers
  •    7 miles of Force Main
  • 171 miles of Sanitary Sewers
  • 11 Pump Stations
  • Two Treatment Facilities. 
21st Century Water Quality Issues

Our challenges are not over as water quality issues constantly evolve.  We look to the future to bring challenges to reduce levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Gulf of Mexico tributaries, regulation of viruses in wastewater and increased control of personal pharmaceuticals that discharge through treatment plants into the streams.