Water Pollution Control Plant

The Water Pollution Control Plant is responsible for receiving and treating waste water to protect the environment. The plant operators perform approximately 6 different tests on the water each day to ensure the effectiveness of their processes. The plant has been in operation for approximately 85 years, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In many ways, the water sent back to the local river, from the plant, is cleaner than the water already there. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Plant Supervisor regarding any issues with waste water.

Plant Supervisor
Marc Mucroski
Address: 701 E. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Farrell, PA 16121
Phone:  ( 724) ​983-2713
Fax: (724) ​​398-1827

Useful Information for Healthy Habits for Clean Water:

  • Use a commercial case wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize the amount of dirty, soapy water in the storm drain and eventually into your local water body
  • Check your car, boat, motorcycle and other machinery and equipment for leaks or spills. Clean up spilled fluids with an absorbent material like kitty litter of sand. Please do not rinse the spills into the storm drain
  • Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating service stations
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain as chemicals may be washed into the local system
  • Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down drains. Compost or recycling yard waste can prevent the build up of materials in storm drains and lines which may cause the system to not function properly
  • Use hazardous substances like paint, solvents and cleaners in the smallest amount possible and follow directions on the label. Please clean up spills immediately and dispose of waste properly, this includes cleaning paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors where it can contaminate the ground and more with runoff. Dispose of household hazardous waste through an approved collection program
  • When walking your pet please remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it property. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method but placing in a bag and putting in a disposal container will work as well. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria to wash into local bodies of water as well as attracting rodents and insects

Did You Know?

  • Each person contributes an average of about 40 gallons of wastewater flow per day
  • A drop of water in sewage will spend an average of 15.5 hours undergoing treatment while traveling through the plant

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Sewer Lateral?

A sewer lateral connects a house or business to the public sanitary main. Per City of Farrell Municipal Code, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain and repair the sewer lateral from the house or business to the point of connection with the public sanitary main. Laterals include portions on private property and public property, including sidewalks and streets.

I have water backing up in my basement, who do I call?

Call the Public works department at (724) 983-2703 ext. 105. They will come out and determine whether the problem is with the public sewer line or the lateral running form the main line to your house/business. If a problem is found with the main line it will be fixed as soon as possible. Should the problem be with the lateral running to your house, you will be responsible for making the repairs.

Who operates the treatment plant?

The daily operation of the treatment plant is the work of highly skilled people including a plant manager, laboratory personnel, plant operators and maintenance personnel.

Why are wastewater treatment plants important?

Treatment plants protect public health from disease-causing bacteria and viruses. They do this by disinfecting wastewater to eliminate harmful organisms to protect the quality of water that goes into our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans.

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