The Public Utilities Department is committed to operating an effective and efficient wastewater treatment system to protect the health and safety of citizens while protecting the environment.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant receives, treats, and discharges wastewater in compliance with Federal and State regulations to maintain and enhance water quality in the receiving waters surrounding the City. The Department also administers a Federal and State regulated Industrial Pretreatment program. To ensure water safety, the lab at the Wastewater Treatment Plant continually monitors water quality by analyzing samples collected from discharge waters.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant is regulated by several permits issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and/or the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). These permits include an approval to discharge treated wastewater to the Catawba River called an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit, a permit that allows the application of residual biosolids to approved land, a stormwater permit that regulates on-site storm water discharges, and other miscellaneous certifications and approvals.