Water Reclamation Facility  1263 Muzzy Road, Urbana, OH  43078   

Brent Zerkle - Plant Superintendent




The City of Urbana Water Reclamation Facility (WasteWater Treatment Facility)  is located southwest of the city on Muzzy Road. The original Facility was constructed in 1915 and one of the buildings still exists. In 1954, a new Facility was constructed on the same site providing complete treatment and designed for an average flow of 1.5 MGD. The Facility was introduced as a Tricking Filter system with Primary and Secondary Settling Tanks with anaerobic digestion. In 1973, construction was started on updating and expanding the existing plant facilites. The expansion consisted of aeration tanks, aerobic digesters, and 2 settling tanks for secondary clarification. This upgrade (construction progress May 2015) increased the facility average flow to 3 MGD treatable. In late 1991 through 1992 the WPCF received its next upgrade. At that time the N-viro process was introduced and allowed the Urbana WPCF to produce Class A exceptional quality sludge (EQS). Along with the N-viro process, a chlorine contact tank, and a post aeration tank were designed. The Class A sludge was land applied to our area farmers at agronomic rates as a lime product

With small capital expenditures in the past 15 years, the Urbana WRF has started a new plant design and upgrade study in early 2006. After several years in design and planning, the City of Urbana accepted a construction bid from Dugan and Meyers and broke ground in September 2013. Spring of 2015 we had a good portion of the new plant operational. We had an open house in June of 2015. Construction was completed in late September 2015. The current WRF consists of two divisions, Sewer Maintenance and the Treatment Facility.
The City of Urbana currently operates a 3 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) Treatment Facility, NPDES Permit No. 1PD00011*ND, effective May 1, 2011, and treats the municipal wastewater from the City and parts of Champaign County. The Plant is responsible for protecting the waters of the State of Ohio from pollution and is defined as a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW). The NPDES Permit also requires the City to collect, sample, and treat all wastewater to very stringent standards, and requires the City to manage, monitor, and enforce an Industrial Pretreatment Program for all industries that discharge wastewater into the City’s sanitary sewer system. The City of Urbana currently has 7 Industrial Users permitted under the Pretreatment Program. The IU’s currently account for approximately 35% of Urbana’s total daily flow.

During the 2017 calendar year, the WRF treated 623 million gallons of wastewater, this was an increase of 14% over calendar year 2016. As a by-product of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment, the City of Urbana produced 330 dry tons of bio-solids that were beneficially used at agronomical rates on over 300 acres of Ohio EPA approved farm ground. 

The City of Urbana operates and maintains a Septage Receiving Facility with 14 registered haulers. In 2017, we accepted 4.3 million gallons of septic tank waste originating from Champaign and Clark counties.  The Urbana WRF staff currently consists of 10 staff members, 2 of which hold a State of Ohio operator certification Class III license and 5 operators holding Class I license.

The primary responsibilities of Sewer Maintenance include the maintenance of gravity and force mains, 4 pump stations and related infrastructure. This infrastructure is made up of approximately 77 miles of sanitary sewer lines and over 1,200 manholes. This Division responds to OUPS(call before you Dig; Call 811) tickets and marks the sewer main and service lines the City of Urbana is responsible for. We responded to over 4300 oups tickets in 2017. Which is a record year for locate tickets. This division also has a state-of-the-art sewer main inspection camera, sewer service inspection camera and a combo Jet/Vac truck that is used to clean sewer main lines. 
We, the staff at the Urbana WRF strive to meet and/or exceed the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit limits to protect the interests and recreational uses of the Mad River watershed.