|Waste Water Strategic Plan Objectives Dashboard|
|Strategic Plan Objective||Target/Goal||Status|
|Inspect 20 miles of wastewater lines per year||20 miles inspected|
|Rehabilitate 108 manholes per year||108 manholes Rehabbed|
At or exceeding benchmark goal
Progressing toward benchmark goal
Needs improvement to meet benchmark goal
Broward County FROG Program
FROG stands for Fats, Rags, Oils and Greases. FROG stands for Fats, Rags, Oils and Greases. An ever-increasing concern for lift stations are fats, rags, oils and greases, which are disposed of into the City sewers and lead to increased risks of back-ups and wastewater spills for your home and the City’s pipes. Though all four can have a negative impact on the wastewater system, rag-related problems have increased dramatically with negative effects on lift station operations.
Rags are non-biodegradable items, such as “flushable” wipes and feminine products. Many household items that are considered "flushable" do not degrade in the system as stated. They 'clog' the inside of the pump, decreasing the pump's efficiency. Unchecked, they could completely stop a 100-horsepower pump! The City spends a significant amount of time removing "flushable" items from the pumps, so please think before you flush!
View this flyer to learn more about avoiding costly clogs in your home!
Large User Broward County Wastewater treatment plant
The City of Pompano Beach does not have a waste water treatment plant, but Broward County's wastewater plant serves the Pompano Beach residents. To learn more about Broward County's water and waste water plant, please visit their website.
The City has approximately 59 miles of force main pipes ranging from 2" to 42" in diameter. The wastewater in the force main is pumped to the North Broward County Regional Plant for treatment on Copan's Road.
A wastewater pump station or lift station takes the wastewater that is collected by gravity pipes from homes and businesses and then pumps the waste to the wastewater treatment plant.
The City has 80 lift stations that are maintained by City of Pompano. Of those, 2 are owned by Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. There are approximately 85 Private lift stations.
The City lines wastewater pipes and manholes in order to prevent infiltration and inflow (i.e., preventing groundwater and stormwater from entering the wastewater system). Currently, there are about 4,300 wastewater manholes in the City.
Jet Vac Program
The City regularly cleans wastewater pipes with Jet Vac trucks. There are various types of material that can clog the sewer. These include tree roots, sludge, minerals, dirt, trash, grease, and sand.
Smoke Testing Program
The City occasionally conducts smoke testing, which involves blowing harmless smoke into the wastewater system to identify possible issues. The smoke is non-toxic, clean, harmless to humans, pets, food and material goods, odorless, and is not a fire hazard. Smoke testing can assist in locating bad sewer connections that homeowners or occupants are not aware of. Please note that before conducting any smoke testing, the City will notify all customers in the affected area.
Wastewater Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the wastewater go for treatment?
The City's wastewater goes from the individual homes and businesses to the Broward County North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant for processing.
Do we still have septic tanks in the City?Only a few locations within the City still have septic tanks.
What is a Wastewater lift station?A wastewater lift station takes the wastewater (sewage) that is collected by gravity pipes from homes and businesses and then pumps the waste to the wastewater treatment plant.
How many lift stations does the City have and how many are private?80 lift stations are maintained by City of Pompano, with two owned by Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. There are approximately 85 private lift stations. About half are located on A1A and South Ocean Blvd, with the others located west of the Intracoastal Waterway.
- We have approximately 59 miles of force main pipes ranging from 2" to 42" in diameter.
- The wastewater in the force main is pumped to the North Broward County Regional Plant for treatment on Copan's Road.
- We have 17.0 MGD reserved capacity at the Regional Plant.