The Wastewater Collection System gathers the used water from our homes and businesses and conveys it to the Water Reclamation Facility for treatment and reuse. The collection system includes the gravity sewers, force mains, manholes, lift stations and plumbing equipment and other facilities that collect and convey water to the wastewater treatment plant.
The City of Altamonte Springs maintains 74 Lift Stations, 350 miles of gravity sewer, 20 miles of force mains, and 40 sewage air relief valves. All of this equipment is maintained by a staff of nine employees. The collection department is also responsible for the inspection of grease traps located at all the restaurants within the city.
Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interior, and threaten the environment. An increasingly common cause of overflows is gravity sewer lines blocked by grease. Grease gets into the sewer from household drains as well as from poorly maintained grease traps in restaurants and other businesses.
Tips for Preventing Overflows
- Never pour grease down sink drains or in toilets.
- Do not put grease down garbage disposals.
- Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils and from grills into a can or the trash for disposal.
If you see a lift station with a red light blinking or notice a manhole overflowing, please notify us. Our staff is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
Wastewater to Reclaimed Water Process
After collection, wastewater is delivered to the City's Water Reclamation Facility where it is treated to State of Florida standards for that allow for use as a water supply for non-drinking purposes such as lawn irrigation. Refer to Reclaimed Water for approved uses and more information.
The treatment process includes the following steps:
- Screening and other processes to remove sand and debris
- Sedimentation to remove large solids
- Aeration so that microorganisms can break down organic materials
- Clarification to remove microorganisms and any remaining solids
- Filtration to make water crystal clear
- Disinfection with chlorine to kill pathogens and bacteria
The city’s water reuse facility is constantly monitored to ensure that only high-quality reclaimed water is distributed. This water is sparkling clear and essentially pathogen-free. Decades of experience have demonstrated the use of reclaimed water in our city is both a safe and reliable source of water for irrigation and non-drinking uses.