Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility
The City's wastewater treatment system is comprised of the Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility (TPS), the Lake Bradford Road Wastewater Treatment Facility (LBR), the Southeast Farm (SEF) and the Tram Road Reuse Facility (TRRF). This sewage system transports sewage from homes and businesses in Tallahassee to TPS. The treated effluent from TPS is transmitted to the SEF for agricultural reuse and the TRRF provides public access reuse water.
The City's sanitary sewer collection system is comprised of approximately 675 miles of gravity pipe and is connected to over 15,000 manholes. The gravity system is supported by over 85 pumping stations using approximately 100 miles of force main. These pipes that carry sewage are completely separate from the system that carries your potable water and separate from the stormwater system.
The TPS facility can treat 26.5 MGD while the LBR facility has a design capacity of 4.5 million gallons per day (MGD). These facilities are capable of handling peak flows up to 55 MGD. The influent into both facilities is monitored at several points throughout the City by the Industrial Pretreatment Section with analytical support from the Water Quality Lab.
Continual monitoring serves to protect the delicate microbial ecosystems in the treatment process. The microbes drive the aerobic decomposition and anaerobic digestion of the raw sewage to eventually form a safe effluent that can be dispersed back into the environment. The byproducts of this process are eventually separated into liquids and solid matter, known as effluent and biosolids, respectively. The influent, effluent, biosolids and other parts of the process are constantly monitored by our Water Quality Lab for a variety of chemical parameters to ensure the City meets both state and federal regulations.
The majority of the treated water is reused for spray irrigation on agricultural crops and pasture. City facilities used for effluent spray irrigation include the Southwest Sprayfield, located adjacent to the TPS plant, and the Southeast Farm Wastewater Reuse Facility, located eight miles east of the TPS facility on Tram Road.