Creating an integrated plan for long-term wastewater management for 16 metropolitan counties: ground-breaking collaboration among utilities
Burnett, Pamela S.
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Population and wastewater flows are expected to nearly double in the Metropolitan Atlanta region during the next 30 years. The assimilative capacity of most streams is already maximized, which will require high levels of treatment technology at wastewater treatment plants throughout the region. To address long-term wastewater management options and costs, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (District) facilitated a cooperative process among 16 counties to produce a 30-year plan. The wastewater plan recommends consolidation of many small treatment facilities by 2030 to reduce costs, improve performance, and replenish water supplies. The Plan is integrated with the District’s long-term plans for water supply and watershed management, and represents the first comprehensive regional approach to balancing long-term uses of water resources.