Government/Departments Public Works
Supervisor: Todd Ellis
Phone: (309) 698-4716
Fax: (309) 698-4730
Waste Water Department Services
New service permits
New service and repair inspections
Sanitary sewer main maintenance and rehabilitation
Sanitary sewer treatment
Sewer Capital Charge
City water bills now include a Sewer Capital Charge, noted in the Current Charges section of the bill as "SWR CAPT". The cost for the first four phases of the wastewater plant upgrades is $46,500,000. In order to raise the capital necessary to pay for such a construction project, the sewer rate is raised as follows: 20% the first year, 15% the second year, 11% the third year and 10% in the fourth and fifth years. All proceeds will be used to build a new waste water treatment facility. This was passed by the East Peoria City Council by Ordinance 4323 dated Feb. 21, 2017.
Manning Levels for the Wastewater Department
The Wastewater Department is currently manned by three foreman/Class 1 operators, one Class 2 operator, and three Class 4 operators. During normal operations, seven employees are charged with the operation and maintenance of two secondary-type treatment plants (which treat approximately 5 million gallons per day of sewage), 17 lift stations and approximately 250 miles of collection systems.
The Wastewater Department is responsible for the collection and treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater within the City of East Peoria.
The collection system consists of approximately 250 miles of trunk and feeder lines. The size of the various lines range from 30 inches on major trunks down to 8 inches on residential feeder lines. The topography of East Peoria requires some areas to be served by pump stations. Currently 17 sewage pump or lift stations are operated in the city.
Wastewater collected by the sewer systems flows to one of two treatment plants. Both treatment plans are permitted and regulated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. After treatment, the final effluent from each facility is discharged to the Illinois River.
The wastewater Department is responsible for the maintenance and operation of two storm water ponds and pump stations, which are located on East Sheen Avenue and Veterans Drive. Excess storm water is collected and transferred to a holding pond where it is pumped to Farm Creek.
New Services and Repairs:
Personnel from the Wastewater Department are responsible for the inspection of new/repair sewer services. All permits for new/repair services are issued by Public Works. The contractor doing the installation and excavation must be a licensed contractor with Public Works. Wastewater personnel inspect each service for compliance with city and state standards and complete a record drawing, which remains on file at Public Works.
Services and Repairs
A. PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe. All PVC sewer pipe shall conform to the standard specification of the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) and unless otherwise indicated, shall have a standard dimension ration (SDR 26). PVC sewer pipe shall have a bell and spigot joint with rubber gaskets.
B. All joints shall be made with rubber gaskets, which are free from defects and installed in a workmanlike manner.
C. Prohibited materials: Not permitted for use in any sewer connection or construction are pipes known as composition, ?slip seal?, fiber type, clay or concrete.
D. The house sanitary connection shall be of 6-inch PVC pipe or 6-inch cast iron pipe; except that within 5 feet of the exterior wall of a building it shall be of cast iron pipe, schedule 40 pipe or schedule 80 pipe.
Laying of Pipe:
A. The sanitary sewer connection to buildings, other than those built on a slab, shall enter the building through the basement wall. Gravity connections are acceptable for fixtures only on floors, which are entirely above finished grade. Any fixture connected below grade shall be connected to a pumping system, which is both approved by the Director of Public Works and designed for use in building sanitary systems.
B. Prior to back filling, the line must be inspected by the Wastewater Department. If no call is received for inspection, you may be asked to dig up so inspections may be made. This will done at the contractor's expense.
C. Pipe should be bedded per the manufacturer's specification.
D. Cleanouts are required for all new construction/spot repairs.
Sewer Contractors List
A. Must be a licensed contractor with the Wastewater Department. Cost of the license is $35. This permit is valid from May 1 through April 30 and must be renewed yearly. This list is available by contacting the Public Works Department.
B. Contractors are required to have a license that lists the City of East Peoria as additionally insured and a $10,000 bond prior to the license being issued.
A. Excavator must be licensed with the Wastewater Department.
B. A permit fee of $750.00 for a residential or commercial building construction sewer permit shall be paid to the city at the time the application is filed. A permit fee of $30 for an alteration or repair sewer permit shall be paid at the time the application is filed.
A. A permit is required to be taken out prior to demolition. The permit fee is $30 and work must be done by licensed contractor.
B. When acquiring the permit, the contractor should ask for the Tee location for the site. The contractor is now required to cap the line as close to the main as possible.
C. The capping of the line must be inspected prior to backfilling.