Wastewater Treatment Facility
The Division of Public Works Wastewater Treatment Facility (NWTF) is dedicated to the treatment of wastewater that flows into our facility from Nashua and Hudson and delivering a clean, clear effluent into the Merrimack River.
The first wastewater treatment tanks were installed at the NWTF in 1959. At that time only a small portion of Nashua's flow came into the facility. In 1974, the facility was expanded and new interceptor lines in the city assured that all wastewater flow came into the NWTF. The facility was upgraded to secondary treatment in 1989 with a design flow of 16 million gallons per day. In 1998, the city started construction of a 10 million dollar anaerobic digester complex, which went on line in December 2000.
The city is working to eliminate the combined sewer overflows that are discharged into the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers. CSOs occur when storms overpower the collection system and cause wastewater and storm water to be dumped into the rivers without treatment. The program will cost over 100 million dollars.
Design Flow = 16,000,000 gallon per day
Average Daily Flow = 13,000,000 gallon per day
Total Flow (One Year) = 4,867,000,000 gallon
Total Septage (One Year) = 375,000 gallons
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) = 92% removal on average
Total Suspended Solids = 95% removal on average
Rules for Septage Disposal