By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
New Cumming wastewater pumping station operational near Lake Lanier
Placeholder Image
Forsyth County News

CUMMING — Last month, the city of Cumming decommissioned a wastewater management station off Lanier Beach South Road that has been in use since the early 1970s.

Jon Heard, director of Cumming Utilities, said it “made more sense really to decommission that plant and install a wastewater pumping station to pump the wastewater to our 8 million-gallon-per-day wastewater plant on Bethelview Road.”

According to Heard, the facility more than doubles the typical lifetime of a plant. Plans to convert it to a pump station had been in the works since 2011 and cost about $700,000.

“The life expectancy of a wastewater treatment plant is 20 years,” Heard said. “When we took it off line [in November], we in essence got 45 years of life out of it.”

The previous plant handled about 38,000 gallons a day and served about 150 homes in the Lanier Beach South, Deep Cove and South Shore subdivisions. That area is off Buford Dam Road on Lake Lanier in eastern Forsyth County.

The new pump station is projected to last 20 years.

“The wastewater treatment plant was actually still viable, however the pieces and parts of the plant, the infrastructure and the metal were beginning to deteriorate,” Heard said.

In other utility-related news, the Cumming City Council has awarded a bid to extend waterlines on Dr. Bramblett Road. The contract went to low bidder MidSouth Builders in Lithonia for $696,120.

“That’s more than a hundred thousand dollars lower than the second bid and the highest bid was 1.3 million,” Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said during the council’s meeting Tuesday night. “That’s about half of what the highest bid was, so it looks like we got some good pricing on that.”

The council also approved a bid of $231,130.15 to Jasper Grading in Cumming to upgrade waterlines in the Mountain Brooks subdivision

“The line was installed in the ’70s, so the materials used are substandard,” Heard said. “So by bringing this line up to standards we’re recommending upgrading to an 8-inch pipe.”