Wastewater DepartmentTipton's original Wastewater Treatment Plant began operation in 1937 with the capacity to treat 600,000 gallons of wastewater per day and is located on the same site as the "East" Plant today. The East Plant has been updated and expanded over the years and after our most recent 2015/2016 expansion project, the plant is now rated at 3.2 million gallons per day (MGD) equalized flow and a maximum wet weather flow of 9 MGD. Our Wastewater Treatment Plant is an award-winning facility that provides for growth and development within the City of Tipton and surrounding areas while maintaining the highest EPA standards.
Our West Plant is located County Road 560 West, just east of the FCA Plant. This plant was originally designed to treat 125,000 gallons per day and will be in actual operation within the coming months. The plant was built in 2008 for the Chrysler/Getrag Project and due to unfortunate circumstances at the time, the plant has been unable to begin processing because of the lack of sufficient wastewater flows.
In addition to the proper treatment of wastewater at the treatment plants, this department also oversees the collection system within the City of Tipton. This involves miles of underground piping and various lift stations which move the wastewater to the treatment plant.
In addition to two plants, and a collection system, this Department also operates and maintains a 7-mile long force main and lift station from the West Plant to the Kempton Community. Also, a second 7-mile long force main runs from the north side of Tipton to the Sharpsville Community. Fortunately, our friends at Sharpsville maintain this line and its lift station, but we are available for assistance if needed.
The Wastewater Department is managed by Superintendent Troy Hooker. Troy has been with TMU for over 24 years and is responsible for the daily operation of both Plants and the entire collection system. Superintendent Hooker has a staff of one (1) Lab Technician, (1) Pretreatment Coordinator, and five (5) Licensed Plant Operators.
Both Treatment Plants as well as several lift stations are computer-monitored twenty-four (24) hours a day to provide immediate emergency response.