"Water has become a highly precious resource.  There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil."
-Lloyd Axworthy, Foreign Minister of Canada

 Welcome to the Mendham Borough Water Reclamation Facility Home Page.

Waste water treatment is a process that filters the waste products from water used in municipal sewage systems.  By filtering and purifying waste water, it is possible to maintain an ample and healthy supply of water to everyone living within the jurisdiction.  The Mendham Borough plant operates around the clock to handle the task of cleansing waste water and effectively handling domestic sewage.
                Waste water treatment is conducted on all origins of water contamination found within the jurisdiction. This includes sewage coming from public buildings and businesses as well as residential sewage. During the course of the treatment, all types of waste products are filtered from the water supply. Some examples would include human waste, garbage, and household cleaning chemicals that were dumped into drains. Natural elements, generally referred to as effluents, that ran or leaked into the water supply due to events such as rain or mudslides are also addressed during the process of treating the water. 
                Here in Mendham we monitor the process of waste water treatment with great care. Since contaminated water can lead to a number of health issues for humans as well as damage the surrounding environment, our system makes use of naturally occurring biological organisms to remove a portion of the contamination.

There are lots of products out there that we Use in the bathroom.  Some of them are labeled “flushable” but, unfortunately, they’re not.  The sanitary sewer system wasn’t designed to transport anything but toilet paper, water and human waste.  It carries these away from your home and into wastewater treatment facilities where the wastewater is cleaned before returning to local waterways.  When you use your toilet as a trash can, the trash clogs the system’s lines and pumps, leading to breakdowns and sewage overflows.  These sewage overflows often require expensive repairs and harm the health of our local waterways.

Never flush the following items:

  • Facial tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes/hygiene wipes even if labeled flushable
  • All-purpose cleaning wipes
  • Diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Dryer sheets
  • Toilet bowl scrubbing pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cat litter
  • Fats, oils and grease from the kitchen
  • Food scraps from the kitchen