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.
Aerial Photo of St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Plant

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. 
Sustainability Initiatives at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

The St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Facility has started several new energy efficiency initiatives. The facility is also producing renewable energy with a 20 kW rooftop solar array, a 220 kW solar array, and a biofuel generator.  Energy projections state that 80% of the Wastewater Treatment Facility's energy demand will come from renewable sources by the year 2018.

You can view the real time production of the Wastewater Treatment Facility's 220 kW solar array by clicking on the photo to the right.
Aerial Photo of the  St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Facility and it's Solar Farm
Chart of monthly 20 kW solar array energy production in 2016
Chart of monthly 220 kW solar array energy production (through May 2017)
Graphic showing energy use equivalencies of 2017 solar production (220 kW array)
Chart of monthly biofuel generator energy production (through April 2017)
Graphic showing energy use equivalencies of 2017 biofuel generator production
Piechart detailing the sources of electricity used at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, and what pe
Piechart detailing renewable versus purchased energy used at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, and
Chart of yearly energy savings at the Wastewater Treatment Facility (2013 - 2016)

 Award Winning

The wastewater treatment facility has received many awards for pollution prevention and sustainability related accomplishments.
  • 2003 Minnesota Governor's Award of Excellence
  • 2004 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award
  • 2013 EMS Gold Certification - National Biosolids Partnership
  • 2014 EMS Platinum Certification - National Biosolids Partnership
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 MPCA's Operations Award