Wastewater

Ensuring adequate capacity for wastewater treatment and disposal is essential for economic development and environmental protection.  Wastewater treatment practices are generally very effective, but many communities outgrow the capacity of their treatment systems and exceed the ability of the receiving waters to assimilate the discharges of those systems.  Limits on wastewater discharge can limit development. However, careful planning and sound investment can ensure that wastewater capacity needs and water quality standards are achieved.

Courtesy ACC Water Business Office

Case Studies

Douglas County has a population of around 120,000.Even with six wastewater facilities, we estimate that there are between 25,000 and 30,000 septic tanks in the county.Malfunctioning septic systems can have an adverse impact on water quality.As such, the Authority developed and implemented a comprehensive septage management program designed to ensure the disposal of septage in Douglas County is being completed in accordance with applicable federal, state and local rules, regulations and requirements.The program's goals are to: 1) protect water quality: 2) complement the watershed protection

As communities across the nation discern how to make significant new investments to their aging infrastructures, the City of Valdosta met a recent wastewater challenge head on with a careful combination of diverse funding sources, public education, and community support.

 

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