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Water & Sewer Department

The Water Department's 1.7 million - gallon per day Water Treatment Plant was built in 1981. This Plant has been recognized by the Department of Natural Resources as a premier model of lime softening treatment in the state of Missouri.

Street Dept.One of Centralia's water towers, which holds 250,000 gallons of treated water.

The system, while continually monitoring for safe potable water also strives to maintain reliable flows and continuous pressure, which is able to serve not only the citizens of Centralia and its large industrial users, but is always looking towards the water needs of potential future industrial customers.

The City of Centralia was recognized by Missouri Rural Water as the top water system in the state in 2007.

Click here to view/download the 2014 annual water quality report.


The City's water system consists of the following:

  • Distribution system: Transmission and distribution system consists of 36 miles of water mains ranging from 2" to 12" piping.
  • Elevated and ground storage tanks:
    • 500,000 gallon elevated storage tank: The 500,000 gallon tank is called the N.E. tower and is located on N. Howard Burton / North Street.
    • 250,000 gallon elevated storage tank: The 250,000 gallon tank is called the S.W. tower and is located on Lakeview just west of Adams street.
    • Water Plant clearwell: This 330,000 gallon ground storage tank is located on the east side of the Water Plant on Booth street.


Left to Right - Cody Ricklefs, Mike Forsee - Foreman, Aaron Kroeger, Matt Rusch, and Jay Freeman

FOREMAN: Mike Forsee, Foreman - with the City since 1990
Class B wastewater license
Class C water license
Distribution III license
Worked previously 6 years experience in plumbing field.

Equipment operators:
Jay Freeman - 12 years prior experience, with the City since 2016

- Distribution II License

- Class D Water certification

- Class D Wastewater certification

Josh Calvert - 10 years equipment operator experience, with the City since 2016

Matt Rusch - 1 year equipment operator experience, with the City since 2016

- Distribution I License

- Class D Wastewater certification

Water Plant Operator: Randy Adams - with the City since 2004
Class C water license
Class C wastewater license



The 1.7 million gallons per day water treatment plant began operation in 1981 and sits on the very east end of Booth Street. The plant produces softened water and works to remove calcium and magnesium bicarbonates from the raw water. Water is pumped from one of three deep wells (average depth is approximately 1400' deep) to the plant by 125 horsepower motors.

Hydrated lime is a processed through the plant for softening and chlorine is added to prevent bacterial contamination. The water is then run through three filters before going to the storage clearwell. From this point the water is pumped to one of the two water storage tanks. The City has the capacity to store approximately 1.45million gallons of treated water.


The City of Centralia sewer system has a gravity flow system which transmits raw wastewater to two different two cell lagoons. The main purpose of this department is maintain a smooth flow through mains and prohibit blockages, which affects the customers service and meet the Department of Natural Resources rules and guidelines. This system also has the ability to pump treated wastewater to farmers ponds for irrigation on agricultural croplands.

Collection System:
The City of Centralia's sanitary sewer system consists of 37.5 miles of lateral, collector, and interceptor sewer mains and approximately 650 manholes.

  • Northeast Wastewater Treatment Facility : This facility is a two cell lagoon with aeration equipment, spray irrigation pumps and overland flow fields 40-acres in size. Design population capacity of 6,600.
  • Northwest Wastewater Treatment Facility : This facility is a two cell lagoon with spray irrigation 40-acres in size . Design population capacity of 1,460.

  • Irrigation ponds : The City has ability to pump to three farmers storage cells. The size of these ponds are 21.9, 4.99, and 5.32 acres. This greatly enables the City to eliminate the need to discharge to local creeks in times of high rainfall and infiltration.

The Sewer Department purchased an in-line sewer camera in July 2007 that will help identify any main line problems. This has been a great asset in identifying infiltration and customer sewer tap problems in the years upcoming.

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