Wastewater 2017-06-20T00:36:06+00:00


The City of Springfield is responsible for providing administration services to the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC). For more information on the MWMC please visit www.mwmcpartners.org or view the MWMC video series at www.youtube.com/c/MWMCPartners. Did you know that the MWMC has paid off two revenue bonds ahead of schedule? For MWMC ratepayers, the result is a net savings of $14.94. Read more…

The City’s Operations Division maintains the wastewater collection system. Too keep our collection system and the regional wastewater treatment facility operating properly, please remeber the wastewater system is designed to convey and treat human waste and toilet paper, nothing else.

Fats, Oils & Grease

Grease is a by-product of cooking. It comes from meat, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces and dairy products. When grease washes down the sink, it sticks to the insides of the pipes that connect your home or business to the local and regional sewer system.

Eventually the grease can build up and completely block the sewer pipe resulting in a difficult and costly maintenance problem for private property owners, the Cities and the MWMC. Blocked sewer pipes can cause raw sewage to backup into your home or business, or overflow into streets.

How can you help out at home?


  • Scrape food scraps into the trash.
  • Pour grease into metal cans, let it harden and throw in the trash.
  • Stop using your garbage disposal, or try to minimize its use.
  • Wipe pots, pans and dishes with a paper towel before washing them.


  • Pour grease down the sink or toilet.
  • Don’t use cloth towels or rags to scrape oil or grease off plates and utensils because grease will drain to the sewer when you wash the towels.
  • Don’t run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.

MedReturn Drop Box

Unwanted or expired prescription drugs around the house?  Drop them off at a MedReturn Box. A box is located in the lobby of the Springfield Justice Center at 230 4th Street, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The box accepts:

Prescription medications
Over the counter medications
Vitamins and nutritional supplements
Pet Medications

No needles, sharps, liquid medications, ointments/lotions, thermometers, or aerosol cans/inhalers. Private clinics or hospitals may not deposit medications/prescriptions in the box.

Why use the MedReturn Box?

  • Reduce prescription drug abuse, especially among kids and teens.
  • Avoid accidental consumption of drugs by pets and children.
  • Keep our waterways clean! Oregon Department of Environmental Quality sampling has found trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in some Oregon streams and rivers, and even groundwater. Do NOT flush unwanted medications down the toilet. This leads to the regional wastewater treatment plant, and eventually, our waterways.
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