Pottstown's Wastewater Treatment Plant treats sewage from the Borough of Pottstown, West Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, and Lower Pottsgrove Townships. The Wastewater Treatment Plant was upgraded to a 15.6 million gallon a day plant in 1992. The plant treats waste generated by 15,000 area homes, commercial businesses, and industrial sites. Working around the clock, seven days a week, 14 employees at the plant treat an average of six million gallons of sewage a day. Flows can reach as high as 40 million gallons during heavy rain.
Fats, Oil & Grease (FOG) Program
The Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) Program is designed to help reduce the amount of such substances that enter the sewer system. Any food producing facility (including restaurants, churches, schools, etc.) is inspected throughout the year to ensure that grease traps are functioning correctly and cleaning schedules are being followed. These inspections aid in the prevention of blockages and overflows. There are currently approximately 100 facilities that are inspected between one and four times a year. For additional information, please refer to Code of Ordinances, Chapter 18, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, Chapter 18, Part 8, FOG Program.
The Public Works Department maintains the Borough's 70 miles of public sewer pipe. The Sewer Collection Division is responsible for maintaining the sewer collection system.