Under the direction of Superintendent Kurt Wehrle, the City of Trenton’s 5 Public Works employees are tasked with maintaining all infrastructure that is both visible and invisible throughout the community.

The Department is responsible for ensuring the City’s 18 miles of streets are safe for traffic, while ensuring that sidewalks are safe for pedestrian use.

The City of Trenton purchases finished water from the Summerfield Lebanon Mascoutah Water Commission, and maintains over 18 miles of water distribution mains.  Trenton stores a total of nearly 1,000,000 gallons of water in its underground storage reservoir located on W. Illinois and its elevated storage tank located on S. King Oak.

Sewer/wastewater service is provided to residents through a gravity flow system consisting of over 16 miles of sanitary sewer mains and 6 lift stations that deliver sewage to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant located off East Fifth Street.  The City is currently in the process of constructing a new wastewater treatment facility.


Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement Project

Construction of the replacement of the Trenton STP is financed by the Water pollution Control State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project includes construction of a new wastewater treatment facility which includes a headworks, a two-staged aerated lagoon, moving bed biofilm reactor, tertiary filtration and UV disinfection. Once complete, it will improve water quality in the environment for area residents and businesses in Trenton by improving the discharge quality from the wastewater treatment facility. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.