Wastewater Department

Wastewater Lagoons

Wastewater Lagoons

 

City of Mountain Home
Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
1150 South Main Street
PO Box 10
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Phone: 208-587-2109
Fax: 208-587-6433


For Questions Regarding
Your Water Utility Bill
Please Call 587-2104


General Information
The Wastewater Department is a part of Public Works and is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the City’s Collection System, Wastewater Treatment Facility and the farm.
The Collection System has approximately 73 miles of pipe which varies from 6″ to 24″ in diameter. Maintenance of the Collection System consists of the operation of a Hydro-Vac Truck for cleaning and vacuuming the sewer lines, and the operation of a Camera Truck for inspecting the inside of the sewer lines for defects in the pipes or potential blockage.
Maintenance of the Collection System includes responding to obstructed sewer lines, repairing broken sewer lines, controlling sewer odors, and inspecting and approving private connections to public sewers.
The Wastewater Department is also responsible for the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. The primary elements of this Facility are facultative lagoons which provide a combination of treatment and storage. The lagoons have to be large enough to store all the wastewater which is collected through the winter (non-irrigation) months. The stored wastewater is treated and applied to the City’s 640 acre farm which is planted in alfalfa and silage corn and managed under contract to a local farmer.
There are eight active lagoons or cells which hold the wastewater, totaling approximately 206 acres. The first four cells provide most of the treatment and the last four cells are for polishing and storage.
The Wastewater Department must manage the wastewater as it flows through the lagoons so that there is adequate treatment and no pond is hydraulically overloaded.