In 2012, together with a grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the City constructed a wind turbine on the site. The turbine, shown in the right background of this photo, generates the majority of the electricity needed to operate the plant. The grass crop in the foreground of this picture is a new planting of miscanthus grass.

In 2012, together with a grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the City constructed a wind turbine on the site. The turbine, shown in the right background of this photo, generates the majority of the electricity needed to operate the plant. The grass crop in the foreground of this picture is a new planting of miscanthus grass.

South Wastewater Treatment Plant
Hillcrest Drive
217-253-6724
e-mail: tuscola.sewer.plant@tuscola.org

The City of Tuscola bills for sanitary sewer service based on water consumption. In other words, the sewer bill is a percentage of the water bill. For billing information, contact City Hall at 217-253-2112.

2016 Annual CMOM Sewer Report

The sanitary sewer system is made up of collection and treatment facilities. The collection system is comprised of the private connections, sewer mains, and lift stations which transport wastewater to the treatment plants. The City owns and maintains the mains and the lift stations, but the private connections to the mains, or “laterals,” are the responsibility of the home or property owner. When a home or property owner believes a blockage may exist in their sewer line, we encourage them to contact City Hall first. We will ensure that the main is clear and functioning properly before the home or property owner hires a plumber. We will not reimburse expenses, even if the blockage is in the City–owned sewer main, unless the above procedure is followed.

The City of Tuscola operates two treatment facilities – the North Plant, or sprayfield, and the South Plant. Each facility receives roughly half of the wastewater flow from the City, although the entire amount can be directed to either plant. Together, the two plants provide the capacity to treat 1.25 million gallons per day. Additionally, the Excess Flow Basin, located near the South Plant, can store 15 million gallons in the event of heavy rains or a temporary shutdown of one of the plants.

The North Sewer Sprayfield facility sits on 160 acres of prime farmland. The plant provides processed water through an irrigation system to most of those acres. The farm produces a typical crop of corn, which is sold to offset costs of the operation. The site also includes grass crops of Reed Canary Grass and Miscanthus grass. Both of those crops excel in their ability to absorb water, making the plant perform well, even in periods of high flow. The Reed Canary Grass is annually cut, baled and sold to livestock operators, while the Miscanthus is sold for use in the bioenergy or other commercial industries.

Below are links to the Water and Sewer Tap Application form. After completing the application, please submit it to the City of Tuscola Water Department by fax (217-253-5026), e-mail (info@tuscola.org) or mail (214 N Main St, Tuscola, IL 61953)

Water and Sewer Tap Application

Until all fees and a complete application are received, the application can not be processed. Fees may be paid online by going to the “Pay Bills Online” link on the left-hand pane of this web page. Applications have permit fee schedules.