Wastewater services are important because they protect water quality, safeguard public health and support future development in the community. Springfield's wastewater services are also important to the environmental and economic health of the State of Missouri because of the significant water-related recreation and tourism in the Springfield area. What We Do
The Clean Water Services Division maintains the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) which serves an area of 145 square miles that includes the City of Springfield, surrounding Greene County, and the communities of Willard, Battlefield, and Strafford.
The POTW consists of the wastewater collection system and 2 treatment plants. On average over 39,000,000 gallons of wastewater are collected and treated every day. Quality improvement and pollution prevention programs ensure the protection of community and environmental health while increasing efficiency and innovation.
Wastewater System Upgrades Protecting Water for Future Generations
Approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2015, Springfield's Overflow Control Plan uses an integrated planning approach to ensure that investments made in the sewer system represent the most cost-effective solution to meet our citizens' priorities.
Through the Overflow Control Plan, Springfield is committed to investing $200 million dollars over the next 10 years to address overflows, repairing both the public and the private sewer systems.
Springfield continues to address the public system by repairing leaking manholes and rehabilitating pipes. This investment into the public system ensures that Springfield's aging sanitary sewer system continues operating into the future.
Private Sewer Repair Program
About half the excess water that enters the sanitary sewer system comes from private property. That's where the city asks citizens to help. The Private Sewer Repair Program offers property owners the opportunity to have improperly connected sump pumps, drains and downspouts to the sewer repaired at no charge.
Property owners in a selected basin are contacted to schedule a voluntary plumbing evaluation. When improper connections are found, property owners then choose from a list of qualified local plumbers, paid by the City, to make the repairs.