Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from wastewater.

Sewage is created by residences, institutions, businesses and industrial
establishments.  Raw Influent (sewage) is the liquid waste from toilets, baths,
showers, kitchens, sinks etc.  

The sewage is transported via a network of pipes and pump stations to the
Granite City Regional Treatment Plant.  Sewage treatment is subject to local,
state and federal regulations and standards.

Typically, after the wastewater is treated, it is clean enough to be discharged into
a stream, river, bay, lagoon or wetland.

A user fee, based on water usage, is charged to residents, institutions, businesses
or industrial establishments using the service.  The District cannot use property
tax money to pay for this service.  All sewage treatment costs are paid by the
users of this service.


HOW DID METRO EAST SANITARY DISTRICT GET INVOLVED?

At a public meeting held on September 15, 1964 it was established that the
following area would be served by the Lansdowne sewerage system of The East
Side Levee and Sanitary District:  All of the Cities of Madison and Venice, in
Madison County, Illinois; all of Sections 1, 2, 11 and 12 in Stites Township, St.
Clair County, Illinois, except those portions lying within the limits of the City of
East St. Louis, Illinois; all of Sections 1 – 17, 21 and 22 of Canteen Township,
St. Clair County, Illinois, that lie within the boundaries of The East Side Levee
and Sanitary District, except those portions lying within the limits of the City of
East St. Louis, Illinois.  That The East Side Levee and Sanitary District will
derive revenues from the rates, fees and charges made and collected for services
and facilities of said Sewerage System.

The Metro East Sanitary District owned a primary sewerage treatment facility
until entering into an intergovernmental agreement on April 27, 1984 with the
Granite City Regional Sewage System.  The City of Granite City provides
wastewater treatment services for the Metro East Sanitary District at rates
established by the Granite City Regional Treatment Board.

The District owns and operates the following component parts of the Granite
City Regional Sewerage System:

  • A peak flow storage system at the existing Lansdowne Treatment Plant
    site utilizing existing  treatment plant structures.
  • A pump station at the Lansdowne Treatment Plant site.
  • A Venice Pump Station.
  • A force main to provide additional capacity from the Lansdowne pump
    station to the Venice pump station.
  • A force main from Venice to the headworks of the Regional Sewage
    Treatment Plant at Granite City.
  • A flow metering and sampling station located at a site mutually agreed
    upon by Granite City  and the District.
SEWAGE TREATMENT