Wastewater Treatment Plant

Mission Statement

The City of Franklin Wastewater Treatment Plant is dedicated to protect public safety and health, the environment and public water ways, by providing professional, timely and efficient treatment at the plant and in the collection system.

Chris Klotter
Public Works Director
Date of employment -
January, 2011
Clayton House
Lab Technician/Class III Operator
Date of employment -
June, 2007
Trent Coffee
Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent
Date of employment -
November, 2015

If you take a closer look, it's probably not what you would expect! Our facility is defined as an "Extended Aeration System". It is a system whereby microscopic organisms (we fondly call them bugs) break down all the organic material(food) and ultimately cleans up the water.

The main goal for the treatment is to keep the microbiology system happy and healthy. We do that by supplying air, nutrients and food (organic material) in the right proportions. Our laboratory services make sure that the plant process stays within design parameters by running a series of tests each day.

The Pretreatment Department is responsible for overseeing all the permitted industries and makes sure that nothing will be discharged from their facility that could adversely affect our plant. Control of biosolids is the key to good operation and treatment. We utilize a Two (2) Meter Belt Filter Press for just that purpose. You may be asking yourself just how does this wastewater from all over town make its' way to the plant. Well, it does so by traveling through parts of over 65 miles of pipe (sewer main).

The Collection's Department  is responsible for maintenance of this collection system. Every once in a while, we run into a little problem on one of the sewer mains. That is when we call up our TV Video Inspection System  to help us out. There is really more here than meets the eye.  Come by and see us sometime; we'll be glad to show you around.

Meet Trent Coffee, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent/Pretreatment Coordinator/Class III Certified Operator.   He is responsible for all the industries in Franklin and Simpson County.

The primary function of the Pretreatment Program is to make sure that any constituents that need pre-treating is done at the industrial sight prior to entering the Franklin Wastewater Treatment Facility. When we know exactly what type of waste stream we are receiving, then we can determine what must be done so that clear water is discharged back into Drake's Creek.

Trent can be reached at (270) 586-4497.

The Franklin Wastewater Treatment Plant utilizes a Two (2) Meter Belt Filter Press to dewater the sludge (bio-solids) before sending to the landfill. The bio-solids are a combination of solids produced during the biological reduction of organics and some inorganic material that cannot be broken down.

It is very important that the amount of solids in the treatment portion of the plant remain consistent. Too much or too little solids would be very harmful to our operation. Control of the bio-solids is the key to good treatment.

The contract for disposing of this waste is awarded through the bidding process every two years.

We can’t just flush it and forget it! In fact, there is over sixty-five miles of sewer mains underneath city streets that transport the waste to our wastewater treatment plant. All size pipes are used from a thirty-six (36) inch down to a six (6) inch line. Gary Graves is the Field Supervisor over the Wastewater Collections Department and is responsible for all the sewer mains, thirteen (13) lift stations, making new taps on residential as well as commercial customers. This crew is usually the first one to respond when a customer has a problem with their sewer. 

 

City of Franklin Sewer Availability Form

Gary Graves
Field Supervisor
Date of employment -
July, 2002
Corey Krulik
Service Maintenance
Date of employment -
March, 2007
Eric Stradtner
Maintenance/Class I Operator
Date of employment -
April, 2006
Michael Ranburger
Wastewater Collections Superintendent
Date of employment -
June, 2000

Nothing is more exciting than settling back with some popcorn in the ol' easy chair and watching a movie of the inside of a sewer main! Actually, this equipment can be very important. It is very hard to diagnose a problem in an area that you cannot see.  This equipment allows us to drive a small tractor with a camera mounted on top through the main and look around 360 degrees.  We can now see the problem and determine the proper course of action.