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Wastewater Treatment

The City of Algona Wastewater Department operates a Grade 3 trickling filter process. In 2013 the plant processed 437 million gallons of wastewater, an average of 1.2 million gallons per day.

The Wastewater Department is also responsible for the sewer collection system which consists of approximately 50 miles of pipe and 4 pumping stations. One third of the collection system is cleaned every year using high pressure water.

The Department also operates a main line camera that is capable of viewing the insides of lines from 8” to 24” in diameter for the purpose of determining their condition for potential problems and future repairs.

IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A SEWER BACKUP OR OTHER PROBLEM RELATED TO SANITARY SEWER
1. Call the City first (this may prevent an unnecessary service charge from a plumber) - dial 515-295-2411.
2. If you are calling after business hours or during a weekend or holiday you may call the Algona Police Department non-emergency number
at 515-295-3515 and explain the problem to them.
3. City personnel will be dispatched to inspect the sanitary sewer main that services your property to determine if a plumber needs to be called.
City personnel will inform you if a plumber is needed (note all costs associated with work performed by a plumber are the responsibility of the
property owner).
4.  If a plumber is needed, City personnel will continue to be available as a resource for determining the source of the problem(s).