What to expect from your team at Lake Area Waste Water Association.

Quality Service & Support from Experienced Professionals

Lake Area Waste Water Association employs certified Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, Engineers, Laboratory Techs, and other experts to oversee the day-to-day operations of treatment facilities. Lake Area Waste Water Association also partners with government organizations and like-minded organizations to ensure all treatment facilities meet and/or exceed local, state, and federal regulations.

Skilled Wastewater Treatment

Generally, there are four stages involved in wastewater treatment.

  • The first stage, known as the pretreatment, removes objects that can clog and break a septic system. For example, diapers, non-dissolving baby wipes and facial wipes, cigarette butts, and contraceptives. Smaller objects, known as grit (think coffee grounds and eggshells) are also removed from the septic tank to prevent damage to the system.
  • The secondary stage, known as the primary treatment, separates sludge and removes grease, oil and other fats.
  • The third stage, known as the secondary treatment, separates and removes soaps, detergents, and cleaning products; paint and paint thinners; and human and food waste. If necessary, micro-organisms are also removed.
  • The final stage, known as the Tertiary treatment, improves effluent quality so it can be discharged into an environmental receiving zone. This includes, but is not limited to, filtration, disinfection, and biological nutrient removal.

Quality Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements and Developments

LAWWA works with Members to provide upgrades to current wastewater infrastructure, which may increase capacity, save on costs, or achieve higher efficiency in meeting effluent standards. However, sometimes wastewater facilities are so outdated and/or ineffective that new developments are necessary. LAWWA will work with Members to develop high-efficiency facilities with advanced technologies and wastewater treatment processes.

Eco-Smart Wastewater Disposal

Lake Area Waste Water Association removes contaminants and improves effluent quality so that wastewater can be safely discharged back into the environment.   As administrators for Members’ National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits, Lake Area Waste Water Association also ensures that Members’ systems do not jeopardize the health and wellness of residents or the environment.

Specialized Laboratory Collection & Testing

Lake Area Waste Water Association is partnered with Total Water Laboratories, a nationally-certified wastewater laboratory, for the environmental analysis or drinking water and wastewater.

Compliance Inspection & Regulatory Reporting

Lake Area Waste Water Association assumes the responsibility for each Member’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. This includes monitoring and reporting requirements and other provisions to ensure that state and federal mandatory standards for clean water are being met.

Lake Area Waste Water Association also has a professional relationship with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and supports all efforts to ensure compliance, including inspections and investigations.

Emergency Support and Services 24/7

Lake Area Waste Water Association has a live, 24-7 Emergency Hotline for members in need of emergency assistance. Please call (866) 504-1668.

Lake Area Waste Water Association is also registered as an underground utility and responds to Missouri One Call Tickets.