Wastewater Services

Before 1956, sewage in the City of St. Cloud was not treated. All wastewater from homes and businesses was dumped directly to the Mississippi River without treatment. The City of St. Cloud's first wastewater treatment facility was constructed in 1956 and was located near 4th Avenue South.

In 1972, the federal Clean Water Act allowed for funding to be distributed to communities to build wastewater treatment facilities to protect the health of the nation's waterways.
Wastewater Aerial
Today, the wastewater treatment facility is located in south St. Cloud and services the area communities including St. Augusta, St. Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and Waite Park.

Award Winning
The wastewater treatment facility has received many awards for pollution prevention.
  • 1976 Environmental Quality Award
  • 1982 Grand Award for Effluent Heat Recovery System
  • 1983 Energy Management Award
  • 2003 Minnesota Governor's Award of Excellence
  • 2004 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award
  • 2013 MPCA's Certification of Commendation
  • 2013 EMS Gold Certification
  • 2013 MPCA's Operations Award
  • 2014 EMS Platinum Certification
  • 2014 MPCA's Operations Award