Wastewater Treatment Plant




The City of Ellis is served by an activated sludge treatment plant constructed in 1997..  The capacity of the plant is 300,000 gallons per day.  The effluent from the wastewater treatment plant has polymer a drying agent added to it and is then pumped through a belt press system to remove excess liquid.  The plant uses a manual barscreenwith provision for grit removal.  UV disinfection of the effluent is provided.  The solid is then placed in drying beds and is then applied to agricultural land.  Soil samples are taken periodically to determine the nutrient and metal levels in the soild and determine the application area.  

Kansas Rural Water Association smoke tested the city's main sewer line in 2002.  The city has a sewer cleaning and vacuum machine to perodically clean problem sewer mains.  The city contracts with a vendor who annually cleans a portion of the city's sewer main lines.   All of the city sewer main lines have been cleaned in the last seven years.

Rates for all sewer customers are based on the average water usage from December through March and are recalculated annually and adjusted on the April 1st billing.  The rate schedule effective January 1, 2007, the following classes of users and charges to those users are hereby established:
    (a)    Class I:  Users which contribute 3,000 gallons per month or less; $9.70 per month plus $.00015 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (b)    Class II:  Users which contribute between 3,001 gallons per month and 4,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00130 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (c)    Class III:  Users which contribute between 4,001 gallons per month and 8,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00216 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (d)    Class IV:  Users which contribute between 8,001 gallons per month and 20,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00230 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (e)    Class V:  Users which contribute between 20,001 gallons per month and 30,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00216 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (f)    Class VI:  Users which contribute between 30,001 gallons per month and 49,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00179 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (g)    Class VII:  Uses which contribute between 49,001 gallons per month and 99,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00130 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (h)    Class VIII:  Users which contribute between 99,001 gallons per month and 199,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00108 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.
    (i)    Class IX:  Users which contribute between 199,001 gallons per month and 999,000 gallons, inclusive, per month; $9.70 per month plus $.00101 per gallon for operation and maintenance, including replacement and debt service.

Requests for sewer repairs and maintenance or conerns about strong sewer odors should be reported the the Public works Department, 815 jefferson, (785)726 4741 during regular hours (Monday through Friday 8-5).