Hannibal Courier-Post

Hannibal BPW honoring sewer collection service members, wastewater operators

Posted: May. 18, 2016 2:29 pm

In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, National Public Works Week is designed to focus on those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services. This week is celebrated nationally each year during the third full week of May (May 15-21, 2016). Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and refuse removal systems as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. They are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort.

The Hannibal Board of Public Works would like to like to highlight the hard work that its own public work professionals do to maintain Hannibal’s sewer system. The HBPW currently employs five full-time Sewer Collection Service Men, including one Sewer Collection Foreman, and two seasonal laborers to perform tasks such as televising, cleaning and maintaining the approximate 141 miles of sewer mains, repairing broken pipes, and inspecting and raising manholes. During seasons of high rain, the crew is also tasked with inspecting areas where water, other than wastewater, enters the sewer system.

The Hannibal Board of Public Works also employs five full-time Wastewater Treatment Operators responsible for maintaining the Wastewater Treatment Plant operations, which currently process an average of 3 million gallons of wastewater per day, with a capacity to process up to 6 million gallons per day.

"We value our community and the roll that our public works professionals play in keeping it safe and functioning smoothly," says Public Relations Coordinator, Kari Goodman.

To learn more about daily operations of the HBPW Sewer Department and Wastewater Treatment Plant, visit www.hannibalbpw.org, or visit the HBPW Facebook or Twitter page.