The City of Phillipsburg Public Works Department is responsible for the operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant is an Aero-Mod activated sludge and clarification system that is operated in 4 stages:
Preliminary treatment to remove grit and large debris
Secondary treatment uses biological process to treat wastewater and remove pollutants
The biological process includes using beneficial bacteria that 'eat' pollutants (microorganisms, compounds, dissolved solids, and other 'bugs')
Solids removal where digested sludge is removed from the process, dewatered, and dried for disposal
Final treatment where clarified water is treated with UV lighting to disinfect the effluent before being discharge to Deer Creek
The Phillipsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant operates under Kansas Water Pollution Control Permit No. M-SO31-OO02, issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and is authorized under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) to discharge treated wastewater effluent to Deer Creek.
Plant Capacity = 0.5 Million Gallons Per Day (MGD)