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Valdosta addresses sewage woes with new facility

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Larry Hanson Larry Hanson
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The City of Valdosta has long battled over flows of its aging sewage system any time heavy rains fall. But the situation will improve with a new treatment plant.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new $32 million Force Main Project, happened Wednesday morning at the future site of the new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), on Wetherington Lane.

Garney Construction will oversee the construction of a 6.2-mile force main project that will replace the existing 54-inch gravity sewer main that runs alongside the Withlacoochee River, a series of new pump stations, and a new headworks structure and six-million gallon flow equalization basin to be located at the site of the new WWTP.

"It'll allow us to abandon the majority of the 54 inch line, which is a gravity line, and replace it with lines that will be under pressure and also that are outside of any river areas or influences of water," stated Valdosta city manager Larry Hanson, after the ceremony.

This project provides the first groundwork for the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant, which will be debated at the June 19th council meeting.

Also in attendance were representatives from Garney Construction and representatives from Parsons, who the city contracted with for the design of the Force Main Project. 

The force main project is expected to take 18 months to complete. 

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