The City of Hot Springs Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant submitted a renewal of its NPDES Permit in August, which was deemed incomplete by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) but has now been corrected. The signature of the Responsible Official on file with the ADEQ changed with the hiring of the current Utilities Director, resulting in different names in the original permit and the renewal paperwork. No substantive issues were found in the renewal permit paperwork. By submitting a Consent Administrative Order to the ADEQ, the incomplete status will be resolved.Wastewater Services
The Hot Springs wastewater treatment facility collects, treats, and transports wastewater for more than 23,000 customers. Hot Springs Utilities serves not only the citizens of Hot Springs, but also to large unincorporated areas of Garland County.
A network of approximately 600 miles of wastewater lines collects sewage from service areas in the city and county. Because of the nature of lake terrain, more than 120 pump stations and 4500 grinder pumps transport the sewage to the wastewater treatment plant where it is treated and then discharged into Lake Catherine.
Sludge from the wastewater treatment process is recycled into rich, finely textured compost, which is available to the public. The city compost facility is located next to the wastewater treatment plant at . Hot Springs was the first Arkansas city to implement a composting program. For daily recorded information on city compost availability, facility hours, fees, and directions, call 501-262-3572.
New Treatment Facility
The city has a new facility in operation to treat sewage from the southwest portion of Hot Springs. This facility is designed to treat approximately one million gallons of wastewater daily, with the capability to be expanded to treat up to three million gallons daily.
Wastewater Treatment Rates
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Hot Springs Wastewater: From CAO to Cutting Edge
This details recent advancements made to the city’s wastewater system, using a professional planning team and cutting-edge technology, at the halfway mark of a 10-year improvement plan mandated by the EPA.