Feb 19, 2010

Recovery Act Jumpstarts Construction of Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lula, Ga.

Wastewater infrastructure project helping to create green jobs, boost local economy and improve aging infrastructure

On the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources joined the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority to recognize an $8.5 million project funded in part through the ARRA in Lula, Ga. The wastewater infrastructure project is helping create green jobs, boost the local economy, improve aging water infrastructure and protect human health and the environment, EPA said.

“This project is a prime example of how Recovery Act funding is helping local communities,” said Acting EPA Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg. “The construction of the new Lula Water Reclamation Treatment Facility is providing area residents with green jobs and will ultimately protect the environment when it is finished.”

Lula officials broke ground in late October 2009 on the wastewater treatment plant, Hagan Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and construction began in December 2009. The plant will be a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility, EPA said. Currently, the maximum wastewater treatment for the plant is 82,000 gal per day (gpd), and the new plant will increase up to 375,000 gpd. The plant’s construction will create around 200 local jobs. It is anticipated that this plant will greatly improve the water quality of the upper reaches of the Chattahoochee Basin, which flows into Lake Lanier, the water supply for the city of Atlanta and surrounding communities.