Exciting news: Harrisburg is in the process of building our own wastewater treatment facility! During the past few months we’ve been selecting our team consultants to assist us in this endeavor. The project is currently in the design phase and we are scheduled to break ground in the fall of 2019 with construction occurring until spring of 2021. Facility start up will occur during the summer of 2021.In the fall of 2021 our wastewater ponds 1 and 2 will be decommissioned and pond 3 will then only be used during high flows and emergencies. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact city hall!

Seasonal Lagoon Turnover

As the weather begins to warm the solid waste sitting at the bottom of the sewer lagoons starts to rise to the surface bringing unpleasant smells with it.  This process, while regretful, is necessary. As the solids start to move the bugs that eat the solids also begin to reactivate after going dormant during cooler months.  As the bugs wake and do their job the smell begins to go away. Additionally, we recirculate water within the lagoons and add sodium nitrate to raise oxygen levels to aid the bugs. This process every spring of solids coming to the surface is called 'turn over.' Turn over should take two weeks if temperatures stay consistently high.  Every city and town with lagoons go through the same process and smell.

Pumping to Sioux Falls - 01/01/18 - 12/31/18 = 124,145,924 gallons ($1,117,515.99)


10/15/18 - City Council approved entering into an agreement with Stockwell Engineers for the wastewater treatment facility. 

10/24/18 - Purchased property for WWTF  

08/2018 - Signed contract with Stockwell Engineers for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Sanitary Sewer Force Main.

04/20/15 - Signed contract with Stockwell Engineers for the wastewater treatment facility land acquisition.

Harrisburg Wastewater Facility Plan 

12-18-17 Stockwell Engineers - Updated Wastewater Treatment Cost Estimates and Rate Model

Banner Engineering - Wastewater Value Engineering Study 11-21-17

06-18-17 6:10 pm - Public Hearing - Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction Project Funding loan through the Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) Program

5-01-17 Minutes Addendum regarding Wastewater 

4-17-17 Wastewater Public Comments

Banner Regionalization Council Presentation Mon 4-4-16

Wastewater Alternatives

DENR 2015 Surface Water Discharge Compliance Inspection