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.
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. 


Composting Hours: Daylight hours, typically 7am to 8;30pm, varies with the time of year.
Compost material accepted: Leaves, grass and garden waste.
Loading and unloading: The city will load trucks, trailers and dump trucks, smaller containers such as 5gallon buckets are by the individual. All materials are unloaded by the individual.
Location: At the corner of 21st St. and S.Katy – head east on 21st St., follow the compost signs on the black top. Once inside the plant grounds, the compost pile is located on the west end of the plant.      Phone Number:  620-431-5293c1omp


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.

As mentioned, changing regulations necessitate changes at the Treatment Plant. Changes by the EPA to surrounding municipalities permits and goals set forth in our own permit, indicate probable changes in the relatively near future to our existing wastewater plant permit. City staff has been active in touring many surrounding treatment facilities. It has been noted that all facilities toured, use a process of treatment called “Activated Sludge”, and there are varying types of the Activated Sludge process. Chanute WWTP uses Trickling filters and Anerobic Digestion process, which is different than Activated Sludge process. In the future Chanute will be an Activated Sludge 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 19 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.

The WWTP also has an Industrial Pretreatment Program which is mandated by KDHE.
City of Chanute ordinance 14.24.060 to 14.24.140


The WWTP is staffed by a crew of six operators certified by the State of Kansas. Plant personnel regularly attend various training to maintain operator certification.

WWTP office phone number, 620-431-5293