Sep 28, 2009

Wastewater Plant in Atlanta Pumping Sewage Again

RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center, closed after severe flooding, is back online

Function has been restored to Atlanta’s RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center after the region was hit with intense rainfall and flooding.

After flooding completely shut down the wastewater treatment plant on Bolton Road, the city was dumping 100 million gal of raw sewage into the Chattahoochee River, which rose to 12 ft above flood stage, CBS Atlanta reported.

Watershed Management mobilized all available personnel and resources and has been able to restore function to the primary and tertiary treatment systems at the plant and halt the flow of raw sewage into the river.

Commissioner Rob Hunter praised staff working around the clock to restore function, calling the effort “heroic.”

The flows at the plant are receiving treatment at about 70% of normal, the news station reported.

The Nancy Creek Tunnel was brought online at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 23, Plant Manager Rob Bush and Bureau of Wastewater Treatment and Collection Deputy Commissioner David St. Pierre said.

The plant still faces millions of dollars in repairs.

"This is going to cost tens of millions of dollars to repair this damage," Hunter said.
The city is warning people to stay out of the river and out of any water associated with flooding because it is most likely contaminated.”

The city said the problem occurred when the river rose to 12 ft above flood stage. The city is attempting to secure federal funding to make repairs.