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October 2, 2018 10:50 AM

New Treatment Plant


● Where will the treated wastewater be discharged?

The treated wastewater will be pumped approximately 7 miles to a discharge point in the main channel of the Tennessee River near Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

● What will the WWTA do to minimize any odor coming from the plant?

Our number one goal in construction and operation of the treatment plant is to minimize odor. The plant will be constructed and operated with the minimization of any emanating odor. Methods, equipment and operations will attempt to ensure that little, if any, smells will be perceptible. The amount of exposed solids would only be one to three acres compared to Moccasin Bend Treatment plant’s 15.5 acres.

● Will homeowners on septic have to connect to sewer?

As long as the septic system is operating correctly the homeowner won’t have to connect to the line. At some point in the future if the septic tank fails, then the homeowner would be required to connect to the sewer line, but only if the line is available near the residence. Being on a sewer system is more environmentally friendly for future growth versus septic systems.

● Why can’t the WWTA just pump the wastewater to Chattanooga’s Moccasin Bend treatment facility?

The Moccasin Bend plant is presently operating at maximum capacity and, the WWTA has already reached our current capacity that was recently negotiated with the City of Chattanooga. If a new agreement was in place with the City of Chattanooga, and they had available capacity, the WWTA would have to pump the wastewater approximately 40- miles due to terrain and availability of easements. Pumping such distances increases the risk of failures (spills) and is very costly.

● How does this proposed facility compare in size to the one operated by the City on Moccasin bend?

The Moccasin Bend facility operates on roughly 80 acres out of a total 184 acres with no buffers, along some portions of its perimeter. The proposed plant would operate on less than 50 acres out of a total of 157 acres and will contain buffers to neighboring land and structures.

● How will this proposed construction be funded?

The Hamilton County Commission will obtain bond funds that will be paid back, over time, with WWTA rate payer revenue.

● How long before proposed treatment plant is operational?

Once the land is purchased, it will take five to seven years before the plant would become operational. There are several steps the WWTA must take before construction may begin.

● How will this impact the public health?

The new sewer system will prevent overflows of non-treated water into waterways. Septic systems fail; however, with a sewer system that has adequate capacity both now and in the future, the WWTA is positioning the community for a safer environment as well as effective and efficient service. From flush to finish, this plan positions Hamilton County for growth for the next four decades.

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