Exciting news: Harrisburg's Water Reclamation Facility has been completed and is operational as of October 2021. 

Seasonal Lagoon Turnover

In the spring, the air temperature begins to warm the water in the lagoons. The warmer water on top of the lagoons will eventually mix with the cooler water on the bottom (water is most dense at 39 degrees F), and as these layers mix, the solids that had settled over the winter months are resuspended, which can produce odors. Also, in the spring time the warmer environment allows the bacteria to increase in activity, and as the bacteria breakdown the stored organic wastes, odors are released. Layers of the lagoons are changing from anaerobic condition (no oxygen) to an aerobic conditions (with oxygen). This said to be “spring turn-over." 

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)

Pumping to Sioux Falls - 01/01/19 - 12/31/19 = 132,347,282 gallons ($1,265,446.65)

Pumping to Sioux Falls - 01/01/20 - 12/31/20 = 136,963,875 gallons ($1,376,347.65)


11/14/19 - Held Public Open House on Project (60% Design Complete)

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