Rod Gravel is Wyoming’s Certified Waste Water Superintendent.
Please be reminded that toilet paper is the only paper product that should be flushed in the sewer system! Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. Products such as paper towels and shop towels, which are not biodegradable, do cause problems. Also be reminded that it is prohibited to connect a roof downspout or any other source of groundwater or surface run off it the sanitary sewer system.

The City of Wyoming’s wastewater system is undergoing a 4 million dollar project converting from lagoons to an aerated continuous discharge system. The IDNR required Wyoming to make improvements to the sewer to meet compliance of the permit. Construction is scheduled to be finished this summer.

The City will need to increase the sewer rates to cover the State Revolving Loan annual payment of approximately $167,500 and increased operating expenses for the system. Current sewer rates are $27.06 for the first 1,000 gallons and $4.97 for each additional 1,000 gallons. The current rate includes a loan for sewer rehab work done in 2003 with an annual payment of approximately $26,000. Proposed rates are $70.00 for the first 1,000 gallons and $10.00 for each additional 1,000 gallons. These rates cover the old loan, new loan, 10% reserve required by the loan and increased operating cost of pumping the sewage, treatment, monitoring and testing for regulatory compliance, equipment, insurance, energy costs, operating personnel, licensed personnel to oversee the sewer. The City bills an average of 290 customers per month. The City did receive a disadvantage community loan rate of 1.75% for 27 years. The City Council passed the first reading at the March 14, 2016 meeting. There will be two more readings in April and May. This means the rate would go into effect for the June bills. Once the system is up and running the City will monitor expenses closely to see if the rates need to be adjusted.

The Council realizes this is a hardship on our community but is necessary and will strive to give the City better service by working to improve our aging infrastructure and undersized mains.