Water Reclamation Facility

Water Reclamation Facility




Utilities Director
Dale Johnson
(775) 777-7212
(775) 777-7219 Fax 

Wastewater Superintendent
Mike Haddenham
(775) 777-7386 
(775) 777-7388 Fax 

Administrative Assistant
Shelley Petersen

Laboratory Director
Valerie Zatarain
(775) 777-7385
(775) 777-7388 Fax



1600 Sewer Treatment Plant Road
Elko, NV  89801

Frequently Asked Questions     Question 

Q:     Does the wastewater treatment facility have an approved pre-treatment program?

A:     Yes. Industrial and commercial users may be required to pretreat their wastewater before discharging to the sewer. 

Q:     How does the wastewater treatment facility dispose of its sludge?

A:     The sludge is disposed by at the Regional Landfill.

Q:     How much flow does the plant treat? 

A:     The plant is permitted for 4.5 million gallons per day (MGD). 
Q:     Where does the treated wastewater go?
A:     Approximately 60% is reused for irrigation and 40% is returned to the groundwater. 
Q:     Who is the person responsible for the wastewater treatment facility?
A:     Mr. Mike Haddenham is the Water Reclamation Facility Supervisor. 
Q:     Is reuse water harmful to the environment?
A:     No. Reuse water, is governed by strict State and Federal regulations. All of those regulation must be met when discharging treated wastewater. 
Q:     Can you get aids from contact with untreated wastewater?
A:     Because HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) the virus that causes AIDS (Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is transmitted through blood and body secretions and is not a waterborne disease, it is not among the risks associated with wastewater.  Although HIV organisms have survived several hours in wastewater in controlled laboratory tests, in reality, wastewater is a hostile environment for HIV.  Also, HIV is not shed in the feces like most other pathogens in wastewater, and it cannot multiply outside the human body.  In fact, the only ways that HIV can enter wastewater is through blood, semen, saliva, or tears, and it can only infect people through direct contact with their blood.  For these reasons, it is not likely to be present in high enough concentrations in wastewater to pose a risk.