Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater Treatment Plant
The City of Chanute's Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was constructed during 1982, through 1983. When it went online in March 1983, it was a secondary treatment plant using trickling towers and anaerobic digestion.
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In an innovative approach, a gas-powered engine was used to run one of the plant pumps and help heat the digester. The engine makes use of methane gas (one of the byproducts of anaerobic digestion) and runs about eight to 10 hours a day on this commonly wasted energy source. 


In 2001, the plant was upgraded to meet changing regulations. Ultraviolet disinfection, a fine screen, and a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system were added to the existing process.

Daily Operation

Currently, the WWTP treats an average of three million gallons per day (MGD) and has a 4.5 MGD treatment capacity. A flow equalization basin stores short-term influent flows of more than 20 MGD for later treatment. The WWTP discharges into the Neosho River via Little Turkey Creek. The discharge is monitored daily by plant personnel and consistently meets all discharge limits in place by the State of Kansas. Much of the laboratory work is done in-house at the WWTP's state certified laboratory.


The WWTP is staffed by a crew of six operators certified by the State of Kansas. Plant personnel regularly attend various training opportunities to enhance their ability to react to the changing nature of the wastewater field.