The City of Camas Sewer Department serves approximately 22,000 consumers, which equates to approximately 8,411 utility customers (this includes residential, industrial and commercial users). We perform water treatment, inspection and maintenance of septic systems (STEP, STEF, and conventional gravity), and collection and treatment of sanitary sewage.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Wastewater Treatment Plant performs the following:
- The operation and maintenance of the plant for the treatment of domestic, commercial, and industrial wastewater.
- The operation and maintenance of pumping stations in the wastewater collection system.
The treatment of wastewater is accomplished with an activated sludge, secondary treatment facility. The major plant components consist of primary screens, primary clarifiers (2), aeration basins (3), secondary clarifiers (2), ultra-violet disinfection, effluent filters, and aerobic digester. The effluent from the plant is discharged to the Columbia River.
Sewer Collections and Maintenance of Tanks
Click here for information about your STEP/STEF system. If you have a sewer alarm during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.), please call 360-817-1567. After hours and weekends call 360-737-0592.
Tips for Cleaner Pipes at Your Residence
You can help keep fats from clogging pipes by disposing of grease properly:
- Never pour fats, oils, or grease down the drain.
- Never flush fats, oils, or grease down the toilet.
- Always put grease in the trash.
Raw sewage in the pipes will attach to fats, oils, and grease, creating impenetrable globs that back up sewer lines. These globs of fat and waste are difficult to disinfect at treatment plants and can allow disease-causing pathogens to enter nearby streams, lakes, and rivers.
Pour hot oils or grease into heat-proof containers, such as a tin can, and cool before putting it in the trash. You may even freeze the grease for easier disposal. Wipe greasy pans and dishes with paper towels before washing them and throw the paper towels into the trash to keep as much grease as possible out of your drains.
These tips can help prevent expensive plumbing repairs and sewage overflows. You can save yourself some repair bills, keep our rivers and streams clean. Put your pipes on a fat-free diet. Dispose of grease properly. Click here for more information Putting Your Pipes on a Fat-Free Diet.