Often the unsung branch of local utility service, the Pollution Control Facility (wastewater treatment facility) has been in operation since 1982. The Facility discharges its effluent into the south branch of the west fork of the Big Blue River. Expansion of the Facility was started in 2000 and completed in 2003, increasing design capacity from four to six million gallons per day. The Facility utilizes aerobic and anaerobic processes to treat the wastewater. Methane gas from the treatment process is burned in the boilers to produce heat that is utilized throughout the Facility.

Safety Tips

Preventing Sewer Gas Leaks

Water should be added regularly to plumbing fixtures, especially any sinks, toilets or floor drains that may have dried out. If any fixtures have not been used in a while, the water in the water-seal traps may have evaporated. That could allow dangerous sewer gas and odors to enter your home.

Hazards of Sewer Gases

  • Exposure to sewer gases can produce flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, and drowsiness.
  • Exposure to high concentrations can interfere with the sense of smell, making this warning signal unreliable.
  • At extremely high levels, Sewer gases can cause immediate loss of consciousness and death.
  • Sewer gases are also flammable and highly explosive.

If you need to report sewer gas odors at any time, call Hastings Utilities at 463-1371. If the odor is strong, evacuate the building at once and call from a neighbor's house.

Manhole Covers

If you find an open manhole cover, or one that is badly damaged report it immediately, so we can barricade the potentially dangerous area and correct the problem. Call Hastings Utilities at (402) 463-1371.