Valdosta takes a big step toward ending sewage woes

Valdosta takes a big step toward ending sewage woes

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The city of Valdosta  holds its breath when there's a heavy rain that lasts a day or two. That's because creeks, streams, and the Withlacoochee River all swell, and have a tendency to send water into the Valdosta sewage treatment plant, and that causes sewage to flow out into the waterways.

As a result, $60 million has been spent on the new Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The 75-acre site is located at 3180 Wetherington Lane. The City will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 12, at 8:00AM, and the public is invited.

"City officials have worked diligently to protect the interests of Valdosta citizens, and we look forward to sharing this occasion with all of our utilities customers," said City Manager Larry Hanson. "The new wastewater treatment plant and six-mile force main that feeds into it will not only meet today's needs, but will secure our ability to continue to provide quality services for our citizens for decades to come. These projects could not have occurred without citizens' support of the SPLOST referendum."

A $36 million 'Force Main Project' has already helped stormwater inflow and infiltration issues and sanitary sewer overflows in flood-prone areas of the city during heavy rain events.
Valdosta also has four new lift stations, a new headworks structure for the new WWTP, and a six million gallon equalization basin to handle stormwater.

The plant can now store excess water and can absorb more than double the water that it used to.

"We remain committed to providing adequate water and wastewater treatment services to our citizens, maintaining a functioning sewer collection system and discharging treated water in an environmentally responsible manner," said Mayor John Gayle.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at 229-259-3548.

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