Welcome to the Water Resource Recovery Facility


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​​​ 49 S. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Keith Sanders,
Water Resource Recovery Manager


Open House

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023WTP_openhouse_2023.jpg
9 a.m. – noon

49 S. Dixboro Road in Ann Arbor

The community is invited to visit the Water Recovery Facility to learn about all the work that takes place at the plant. All ages are welcome!

The Open House will feature:

  • Free tours of the plant
  • Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum activiti​es
  • Interaction with staff to learn about the plant and how it works
  • Light refreshments
  • Huron River Watershed Council exhibit
The tours are free but must be reserved in advance and will run every 20 minutes, with the last tour starting at 11:40 a.m. Click on a time below to reserve a spot:


The Water Resource Recovery Facility is responsible for the effective collection, treatment and environmentally acceptable discharge of the wastewater ​generated by the Ann Arbor community as well as portions of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Scio townships. Wastewater Treatment Services isplant.jpg responsible for the operation and maintenance of the city's wastewater treatment plant and eight sewage lift stations located around the city. Personnel are in attendance at all times, as the plant is a operation, 24 hours a day, seven days a wee​k.​

Don't flush wipes and beware of FOG

It is m​ore important than ever we take simple steps to help keep plumbing and sewer systems clear of clogs. "Flushable wipes" create blockages in household pipes and municipal sewer systems and should never be flushed down the toilet, nor should facial tissue or paper towels. Combined with fats, oil and greases, which should never be poured down the sink, these products can create enormous, and expensive to remove, "fatbergs". ​

This website explains easy ways to help keep the Ann Arbor sewer system efficient and functional. Find out what not to flush, h​ow to deal with fat, oil and greases, and how to prevent sewer pipe penetration.


Facilities Renovations Project (PDF) — This project includes rehabilitating existing structures, upgrading of primary and secondary wastewater treatment processes and replacing aging facilities with new facilities. These renovations will allow the City of Ann Arbor to meet future flow and loading demands, as well as regulatory requirements.

The current WWTP has a design capacity of 29.5 million gallons per day (MGD), and consists of an older West Plant (constructed in the 1930s) and a newer East Plant (constructed in the late 1970s). ​

Industrial pretreatment forms