Sewer Collection & Waste Water

Welcome to the Wastewater Department. Our responsibilities include treating wastewater generated by industrial and residential users as well as maintenance of the treatment plant and two lift stations. Mark Luloff, Utilities Superintendent, manages these areas as well as the testing, monitoring, and required permits and certifications.

The Wastewater Treatment Facility has gone through several upgrades with the last one being in 2005. It handles the needs of two major industries, the Wapsie Valley Creamery and Tyson Pet Treats. The average flow is 1.2 million gallons a day. Wet weather flows are 4 million gallons daily with a maximum wet weather flow of 7.8 million gallons a day.
Water Treatment Plant

Waste Water Treatment Plant Process


There is a 2-stage trickling filter complete with thermophilic digestion. There is a chlorination process of the final effluent. The average flow is 1.25 million gallons per day. The plant is a state-certified lab with 3 state-licensed employees.

Duties & Responsibilities


The City of Independence Waste Water Collection System Department operates and maintains 2 waste water pumping stations and monitors and maintains the entire sanitary sewer system. The 2 waste water pumping station duties require:
  • Operation
  • Monitoring
  • Maintenance

Did You Know?

Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • The current Wastewater Treatment facility was constructed in 1980.
  • It is a Two Stage Trickling Filter plant with Thermophilic Digestion process for it biosolids. Disinfection is done by chlorination before being released to its receiving waters of the Wapsipinicon River.
  • In 1998 there was an upgrade to the facility to the Thermophillic digestion process and a million gallon storage tank was built.
  • In 2005 another upgrade was done to the plant with the construction of an additional Trickling Filter for a growing local industry.

Lift Stations

  • The Lover's Lane Lift was built in 1980 and completely upgraded in 2005 to handle the increasing flows. It pumps almost the entire City to the Wastewater Plant.
  • Another smaller lift station was added to the east side of town to serve that expanding part of town.