The City of Tampa's Wastewater Department receives and treats wastewater collected from the Tampa area and surrounding suburbs. On an average day, more than 50 million gallons of raw sewage flow into the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP). This raw sewage is treated to an advanced level that meets or exceeds federal regulations, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System standards (NPDES). Historically, the AWTP's discharge effluent levels have remained well below established requirements.
In addition to treating the City's wastewater, the Collection Division maintains all of the City's 1800 miles of gravity and force main sewer lines, 30,000 manholes and 667 air release valves. The Collection Division is also responsible for enforcing the Grease Management Ordinance, utility locating services and maintains the Department's vehicle fleet.