Wastewater Collection & Treatment

The City of Lowell contracts with Suez for the operation of the wastewater treatment plant.

Construction on the plant was completed in 1989. The technology used at the plant is the oxidation ditch process.  The average daily flow at the plant is about 1.2 million gallons.  Suez operates and maintains the treatment plant as well as the collection system lift stations. Although the City of Lowell oversees the operation of the treatment plant, the plant actually has shared ownership by the City of Lowell and Lowell Township.

The sanitary sewer collection system is an essential part of the collection of domestic waste from your home. Your domestic waste is collected though several miles of sewer mains then pumped to the waste water treatment plant to be treated.

In the past several years the city staff has cleaned, televised, repaired and replaced 104,920 lateral feet of sewer mains as part of the maintenance program. This is an ongoing program to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all people.

The most frequently asked question:

A sanitary sewer line is going past my home. Can the local unit of government require me to hook up to the sanitary sewer?

Yes, a city, village, or township may require a home owner to connect to an available public sanitary sewer if the sewer passes not more than 200 feet from your home. Septic tank disposal systems are subject to failure due to soil conditions or other reasons. Therefore, local units of government have the authority to require a homeowner to connect to the sanitary sewer at the earliest, reasonable date. The State law Section 333.12753 of the Public Health Code, 1978 PA368, as amended.