Waste·water n: water that has been used for domestic or industrial purposes.
Waste·water treat·ment n: physical, chemical and biological processes used to remove
pollutants from wastewater before discharging it into a water body.
• SD1 collects and treats wastewater for 33 communities in Boone, Campbell and
Kenton counties. This service area has a population of over 340,000.
• Each person generates an average of 100 gallons of wastewater daily.
• SD1 owns, operates and maintains over 1,580 miles of wastewater collection pipe. If
you stretched out the pipes they would span from Northern Kentucky to Texas.
• There are 129 pump stations and 15 flood control pump stations in Boone, Campbell
and Kenton Counties.
• SD1’s flood station pumps are able to pump up to 62,000 gallons per minute.
• Sewer pipes transport wastewater to facilities where it can be sanitized. SD1 operates
two major water reclamation facilities (that you can visit) and four small treatment
• The wastewater undergoes preliminary, primary and secondary treatment at the
treatment facilities. SD1 also handles the solids that are extracted from the water.
The dewatered solids are disposed of in dumpsters and make great cover for landfills.
• SD1’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant treats an average of 35 MGD (million
gallons per day).
• After SD1 cleans the wastewater, the treated water is called effluent. The effluent is
returned to the Ohio River. Effluent is as clean as or cleaner than the river water it is
• It takes an average of 20 hours for a customer’s bathwater to travel through the
sewers, go through the treatment process and be returned to the Ohio River.
• Each day SD1 prevents 63,000 pounds of waste from entering the Ohio River through
wastewater treatment. The average car weighs about 4,000 pounds. This means SD1
prevents almost 16 car-sized loads of waste from entering the river daily.
• SD1’s staff inspects over 500 industries annually, to prevent heavy metals, solvents
and toxic waste from being discharged into the wastewater.
SD1 Wastewater Facts