Wastewater Treatment

Michael A. Hunter
Director of City Utilities E-Mail

Ron Atkinson
Superintendent of Wastewater Treatment  E-Mail


The Ashland Water Pollution Control Facility is a trickling filter - solids contact treatment process. The average daily flow is 4.4 million gallons per day (MGD). Treatment plant design is 10.0 MGD.

The raw wastewater enters the plant by gravity at the influent pump station. Prior to pumping, the wastewater flows through a bar screen to remove large debris. Wastewater is pumped to the intermediate screening building where organic material is removed. The wastewater is then aerated and grit is removed. All solids, to this point, are landfilled. The water then flows to primary settling. Solids removed at this step are pumped to holding tanks to await further treatment. Water is now pumped to trickling filter towers. This is followed by aeration and final settling. Solids removed at this step are pumped to the primary settling tanks for removal. Water is now disinfected by ultraviolet light and pumped to Lang Creek. Solids removed in the settling processes are treated with lime and applied on farmland.

Ashland Wastewater Treatment Plant: