Wastewater Treatment System

wastwater treatment plantThe wastewater system for the Town of Denton incorporates approximately 7 miles of lines, pump stations, and an 800,000 gallon-per-day treatment plant. Denton is also a bulk water provider to the Handy Sanitary District.

Under the wastewater permits, the Town operates an Industrial Pretreatement Program. This means that if an industry meets certain criteria, it must submit to testing and analysis of it's discharged process wastewater. A wastewater system and its treatment facility are vital to protecting our state's waterways. Industrial users, depending on the products they produce, can discharge hazardous wastes into the sewer collection system, thus the need for a program to ensure their compliance.

Denton also operates a Land Application of Residuals Program. This program is permitted and enforced by the State of North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources, Aquifer Protection Section. Every wastewater treatment facility produces wastes that comes from the treatment of wastewater. This byproduct is extremely high in nitrogen and phosphorus—the main ingredients in fertilizer. This makes these "bio-solids" a usable commodity. We provide these bio-solids to farmers just outside of Denton. There is very little, if any odor, from use of the bio-solids. This is NOT waste, but a product that is produced from treatment of the wastewater.

The wastewater treatment plant, located at the end of Council Access Road, is an Extended Air Biological Treatment Plant. It is also permitted and falls under the scrutiny of the state of North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Resources.

All of the waste water treatment programs operated by the Town are subject to inspection and enforcement by the permitting agency(s) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the EPA, OSHA, and NC Department of Labor. Past inspection reports are available from the State inspecting offices.

Each wastewater program in Denton has an Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) and a back-up ORC, as ordered by the state of North Carolina. 

Permit Numbers used by our facility:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant NPDES Permit No. NC0026689 
  • Wastewater Collection System Permit No. WQCS00223
  • Land Application of Residuals Permit No. WQ0016966


2020 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

2021 Annual Wastewater Report
2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

2022 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
2022 Annual Wastewater Report

2023 Annual Wastewater Report
2023 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report (CCR)

Cross-Connection Control – General Policy
Fats, Oils & Grease Policy (FOG)
FOG Summary
FOG Enforcement Response Plan
Sewer Use Ordinance (SUO)


Troy Branch - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Troy Branch

Troy Branch has worked for the Town of Denton since 2004. He is the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and holds the following certifications:

  • Grade 4 Biological Wastewater Treatment Operator (Operator in Responsible Charge [ORC])
  • Grade 4 Wastewater Collection System Operator (ORC)
  • Grade A Water Distribution System Operator (ORC)
  • Grade 1 Pretreatment System Operator (ORC)
  • Backflow/Cross Connection System Operator (ORC)
  • Grade 1 Laboratory Analyst
  • Class 2 Maintenance Technologist
  • Grade B Well System Operator
  • Grade 1 Physical/Chemical Wastewater Operator

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