Water, Wastewater and Stormwater
The following services are supplied by the City of Topeka
The Public Works Water Division supplies water to over 57,000 retail and wholesale accounts in and around Topeka, as well as several rural water districts in Northeast Kansas. Over 165,000 people are served water daily from the Topeka Water Treatment Plant. Water is supplied from the Kansas River and highly drought tolerant through purchased water storage in surrounding lakes. Water from the Kansas River is processed in one of three treatment systems with a combined pumping capacity of 63 mgd. The average daily use is 25 mgd with a peak demand to date of 45 mgd.
The Water Pollution Control Division operates and maintains three city owned waste treatment plants: The Oakland Wastewater Treatment Plant, the North Topeka Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Sherwood Wastewater Treatment Plant. The wastewater treatment plants have the combined capacity to treat, on the average, 17 million gallons of wastewater daily (average dry weather flow). Associated with the wastewater treatment plants are over 78 pump stations, 13,000 manholes and 880 miles of sewers.
In addition, the Division operates and maintains the storm-water system. The Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of approximately 250 miles of storm sewer lines within the City of Topeka, 250 miles of storm sewers, 35 miles of channels, and 22 miles of river levees within the City of Topeka.