The Wastewater Department responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of 90 miles of sewer mains, 12 Lift stations, the South Re-Use Facility, and the North Wastewater Treatment Plant. The sewer system flow is split between the South Re-Use facility and the North Wastewater Treatment Plant.

South Re-Use Facility

The South Re-Use Facility treats approximately 500,000 gallons a day using a series of nine lagoons. The treated wastewater is recycled for irrigating a 485 acre City-owned farm. The treated wastewater provides moisture and needed nutrients for crops to grow.

North Wastewater Treatment Plant

The North Wastewater Treatment Plant presently treats 700,000 gallons a day and has the capacity to treat up to 3 million gallons a day. The treatment plant uses an advanced membrane bio-reactor to filter the water to a very high standard. The treated water is monitored according to standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before discharge to Indian Creek.


The South Re-Use Facility and the North Wastewater Treatment Plant are available for tours by calling 208-287-1729.

Department Staff

  • Tom Shaffer, Wastewater Treatment Foreman - WWT3, WWC3, LA1, WWLA
  • Travis Fleming, Wastewater Collections Foreman- WWC4, WWT3
  • Mike Nadeau, Wastewater Treatment, Preventative Maintenance - WWT3, WWC4, LA1
  • Christine McDaniel, Wastewater Collections - WWT1, WWC1
  • Ray Davila, Wastewater Operator in Training - WWC1
  • Ron Warwick, Wastewater Operator in Training - WWT1, WWC1
  • Jaime Perez, Wastewater Collection - OIT