Treated sewer water heading to BSC, West Village for irrigation?

Thu, 07/05/2007 - 4:07pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City officials are looking into running an irrigation line to the city’s Baseball and Soccer Complex that would reuse specially-treated sewage water instead of drinking water.

The idea was brought up at a recent City Council meeting as Water and Sewer Authority General Manager Larry Turner made a brief presentation to council. Installing the line would be relatively easy, Turner said, since the rec complex is so close to one of the city’s sewer treatment plants.

WASA is also looking at a possibility of providing reuse water for irrigation purposes to the newly-annexed subdivisions in the West Village area, Turner said. The authority could charge a flat $15 fee a month for unlimited irrigation water use, Turner added.

The reuse water is currently used to irrigate the Planterra Ridge golf course a few miles to the north.

Turner has said in the past that the regulations in Georgia for reuse water require it to be cleaner than the regular treated effluent that is discharged into Line Creek by the sewer plants. Turner said he previously has had conversations about sending reuse water to the city’s sports complex with Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo.

“I’d love to do it,” Turner said.

In his presentation, Turner noted that the authority’s revenue is up $194,000 from its initial projections for the current fiscal year. Part of that can be attributed to the current drought, Turner said, indicating that people are watering their lawns more this year.

Although that lawn watering doesn’t go directly into the sewer system, residents pay sewer fees based on the total amount of water they use each month.

Turner noted that there are 16 sewer agencies in metro Atlanta with higher residential sewage treatment rates than Peachtree City. Also, the city’s Line Creek treatment facility was recently recognized by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for operational excellence.

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Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 9:25am.

Fifteen bucks a month for non potable water for watering. What a deal. I know many cities around the country do this.

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 4:23pm.

I know many resorts and municipalities in the Caribbean use this, what they refer to as "gray water", to irrigate plant life there. Better late than never!

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