At a cost of $80 million, the South Central Wastewater Treatment Facility is the largest project ever undertaken by the Authority and it took over two and a half years to complete. Located on a 113-acre site, the plant is permitted to treat 6.0 million gallons of wastewater per day. Keeping the future in mind, the plant has expansion capability to treat 12.0 million gallons per day. It was designed to be much more efficient than older plants, and exceeds U. S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
The treated wastewater leaving the South Central Plant exceeds reuse quality — clean enough to use for irrigation purposes. As much as 3.5 million gallons per month of treated wastewater is used by the reuse system throughout the plant for use in wash down, chemical feeding and the dewatering system. The reuse system promotes water conservation by dramatically reducing the amount of potable water used at the plant. Without this reuse ability, the 3.5 million gallons of water would be treated drinking water pumped from the Authority’s water treatment plant. The remainder of the treated wastewater is discharged into the Chattahoochee River in a form much cleaner than the River water.
A technologically advanced, odor control system built into the plant cleans the air in the enclosed, odor-potential areas leaving the plant virtually odor free.
The Administration/Laboratory Building houses the administrative offices for all of the Authority’s Wastewater Operations Division as well as the Central Wastewater Laboratory which handles all monitoring, analysis and reporting for the Authority’s wastewater treatment facilities, storm water, watershed, industrial pretreatment, and grease trap monitoring programs.