Frequently Asked Questions


What is wastewater?

Wastewater or sewage is the byproduct of many uses of water such as showering, dishwashing, laundry and flushing the toilet.

How does a wastewater collection system work?

A wastewater collection system is a network of pipes, and facilities that use the force of gravity and pressure systems in coordination with the topography of the land to convey sewage to a treatment facility.

What is a sanitary sewer?

A sanitary sewer is a series of pipes and pumps that carries waste to a treatment plant from toilets, sinks, showers, washing machines, or anything that sends water down a drain.

How many wastewater treatment plants does Memphis have?

Two. The M.C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Facility (North) and the T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Facility (South).

Where do the solids go?

Solids that settle out in the primary and secondary clarifiers are referred to as sludge.

What is sludge?

Sludge can be a useful byproduct of treated wastewater.

Where does the water go after treatment?

The Mississippi River.

Is stormwater the same as wastewater?

No. Stormwater is the runoff that is seen when it rains, snow, ices, etc.

How do stormwater systems work?

Stormwater systems incorporate many different facilities to effectively convey water including pipes, retention basins, swales, culverts, based on the landscape in order to prevent flooding. It is important to maintain a system that has the capacity to divert water away from homes, and businesses.

Who operates treatment plants?

The daily treatment plant operation is conducted by highly trained and certified operators.

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