Wastewater Treatment Plant

The wastewater treatment plant was originally constructed in 1937, and has received numerous upgrades since its construction. While some of the operating equipment and facilities are still original, the wastewater treatment plant and process equipment are continuously monitored and assessed to determine which improvements and upgrades are necessary to allow for the best possible treatment of the wastewater.

Plant Customers
The Jackson Wastewater Treatment Plant serves the City of Jackson, as well as parts of:
  • Blackman Township
  • Napoleon Township
  • Spring Arbor / Sandstone Townships
  • Summit Township
  • Rives Junction
  • State Prison of Southern Michigan
Treatment Process
The wastewater treatment plant has the capacity to treat 18.8 million gallons of wastewater per day. Currently, the plant accepts an average of 12 million gallons per day. The activated sludge treatment process removes pollutants from the wastewater that is received.

As part of the treatment process, the plant produces biosolids. The biosolids are treated and recycled onto area farm fields as a soil enhancement and fertilizer or it is disposed of at the county landfill. Approximately 3 million gallons are placed on area farm fields annually and about 2,000 cubic yards per year are disposed of at a county designated landfill.

Laboratory Personnel
The city’s on-site and contract laboratory personnel perform multiple chemical tests on the influent (the incoming wastewater), on the treatment processes throughout the plant, and on the effluent (the plant discharge water). Our laboratory personnel also monitor and sample the influent flow from our township customers.

Industrial Pretreatment Program
Our Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) staff inspect and sample all the non-domestic facilities that discharge wastewater to the city wastewater treatment plant, and perform enforcement actions if required. In 2011, the city’s IPP Supervisor, Daveda Quinn, was recognized by the Michigan Water Environment Association as the IPP Professional of the Year.

Maintenance & Sludge Personnel
Our maintenance and sludge personnel maintain 16 buildings, multiple vehicles, 62 process tanks, and 9 city sewage lift stations. The property and buildings contain numerous pieces of machinery, piping and plumbing, electrical, and control equipment.

Additional Information
If you have questions, or are interested in a tour of the City of Jackson’s wastewater treatment plant, please contact us at 517-788-4075.