A recently completed regional wastewater lift station and force main on McGinnis Ferry Road is projected to save Forsyth County’s water and sewer department nearly $1 million per year.
The Lower Big Creek Lift Station and Force Main are designed to handle flows generated by future development projected for the south Forsyth area.
The project includes a concrete structure that diverts wastewater that previously flowed to a Fulton County treatment facility to the new lift station.
The lift station then pumps the wastewater some six miles through a 20-inch pipe to Forsyth’s Fowler wastewater facility for treatment.
According to Tim Perkins, director of water and sewer, it is “more efficient and economical for us to treat this wastewater at our own facility.”
“In fact, it is projected that in approximately seven years, the project will essentially pay for itself thanks to the savings we will see,” Perkins said in a statement.
In addition, the new lift station and force main likely will save the county ongoing maintenance costs that would have been associated with rehabilitating an older facility. They will allow Forsyth to generate more reuse water at Fowler.
The county has an active reuse water program that serves numerous parks, schools, golf courses and contractors in south Forsyth.
County Commissioner Todd Levent said in a statement that the project benefits the county “on so many fronts, not the least of which is the increased generation of reuse water.”
“By having additional reuse water available, it reduces the use of potable water by those parks, schools and others who can instead use the reuse water,” Levent said.
The new lift station, which began operating in late November, is serving average flows of about 1 million gallons per day, and has an initial pumping capacity of about 4 mgd.
With the county’s future growth in mind, it was built with provisions for an eventual capacity of more than 6 mgd.
The project was paid for through a clean water state revolving fund low-interest loan of $7.8 million from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. It came in about $200,000 under budget and took about 18 months to complete.