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8-23-04 Oconee To Have “Public Hearing” On $26 Million Wastewater Plan

Table 1. Cost per Project Phase

Project

Number of

Cost

Phase

Projects

($Million)

2005-2010

48

$8

2011-2015

47

$8

2015-2025

14

$0

TOTAL

109

$26

AVOC

 

August 21, 2004

 

Oconee BOC Considers Massive Sewer Expansion Plan

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

A public hearing or presentation will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2004, at 7:00 PM at the Oconee County Civic Center to discuss the proposed Master Plan for Wastewater Treatment in Oconee County.

 

From the County Website:

 PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM
on WASTEWATER MASTER PLAN

August 24, 2004
Oconee County Civic Center
7:00 p.m.

 

The plan is a massive project that requires major expansions in five years and a new sewer plant on the Middle Oconee River by 2012.   That is a short time frame for permitting, design and construction.  (Quite a difference in the years of discussion and efforts for building Calls’ Creek Plant in the mid-eighties!)

 

Having worked with Sewer and water issues and funding for approximately 20 years, I am not convinced that “new connections” and enterprise money will pay the bill for all of this.   Several SPLOST elections helped fund our current water and sewer facilities.   SPLOST and much other funding will be necessary to pay for a $26 Million Plan to be constructed over the next 21 years.

 

Will we have to build a county wide water distribution system and wastewater system to maximize development to pay for the water and sewer systems that are being discussed?  Do we want water and sewer systems at the cost of “wall to wall” subdivisions?

 

As I listen to the presentations and discussions on the Walton County Recreation, Master Wastewater Plan, Master Recreation Plan and Major Road needs, I cannot help but feel that much of it is being advocated by persons who stand to benefit.  Much money is paid to consultants, financial advisors and legal counsel for these huge projects.   That has to distort some judgment.

 

Rumors continue to circulate that some purchasers of large land tracts had “commitments” from high sources with the county before closing the purchase of un-rezoned land.  Time will reveal whether or not this has any truth.

 

Who looks after the interests of the Taxpayers and Citizens?

 

See the Entire Draft Report dated March 24, 2004, at: http://www.oconeesfuture.com/Wastewater_Plan.pdf

 

 

For more information on the Proposed Plan see AVOC article dated June 17, 2004

 

http://avoc.info/info/article.php?article=1324&PHPSESSID=e57caccf825ed214d593157c5987af84

 

See Executive Summary Below for Total Costs and Short Time Frames:

 


JORDAN JONES & GOULDING

745 South Milledge Avenue

Athens, Georgia 30605

T 706.353.2868

F 706.549.0423

www.jjg.com

 

March 24, 2004

 

Mr. Melvin Davis, Commission Chairman

Oconee County Board of Commissioners

23 North Main Street

P.O. Box 145

Watkinsville, GA 30677

 

RE:         Oconee County Wastewater Master Plan

Draft Wastewater System Master Plan Report

 

Dear Chairman Davis:

 

Jordan, Jones & Goulding, Inc. (JJG) encloses five (5) copies of our Draft Wastewater System Master Plan (Report). This Draft Report incorporates prior technical memoranda covering population projections, projected wastewater flows, and wastewater treatment and management options. It also outlines a recommended strategy for the extension and development of the Oconee County wastewater collection and treatment system.

 

This Draft Report has been developed in close coordination with the Oconee County staff and the Board of Commissioners and is composed of the following elements:

 

-Population and wastewater flow projections through planning year 2025 Wastewater treatment plant capacity and discharge analysis

-Capacity evaluation of the existing wastewater collection system Conceptual wastewater collection system

-Cost estimates and implementation plan

Population projections through the planning year 2025 were developed by Oconee County with assistance from the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center (NEGRDC). These projections are based on the current NEGRDC regional model, which have been updated to incorporate the data obtained from the 2000 census. These projections provided the basis for calculating future wastewater flows in the Oconee County sewer service area.

 

Five conceptual plans were developed for providing wastewater treatment in Oconee County. These plans were compared based on economic and non-economic criteria. Option 4 is the recommended treatment strategy and includes the following elements:

 

·          Expansion of the existing Calls Creek WWTP to 1.0 MGD in 2009. When this capacity is exceeded around 2012, the New Middle Oconee WWTP would be operational and the Calls Creek WWTP would be decommissioned.

 

·          Construction of a new Middle Oconee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to be completed by 2012 that discharges treated flow to the Middle Oconee River. The new plant would be located on a yet-to-be-determined site, somewhere near the Middle Oconee River below the confluence with Calls Creek. The initial capacity of this WWTP is anticipated to be 2.0 MGD, with an expansion to 4.5 MGD by 2017.

 

·          Expansion of the Rocky Branch Land Application System (LAS) to 0.9 MGD in 2008. These additional flows would be treated to reclaimed water standards. By 2015, it is anticipated that the flows to Rocky Branch LAS would exceed this capacity. Therefore, all or a portion of the flow will need to be redirected to the Middle Oconee WWTP. At that point, the facility will be decommissioned or maintained as a source of reclaimed water for the surrounding area. 

 

·          Construction of a new Apalachee River Pump Station in 2011 that transfers untreated flows from the Apalachee basin to the Middle Oconee Basin for conveyance to a treatment facility. Initially, treatment will occur at the Calls Creek WWTP until the Middle Oconee WWTP is operational in 2012. The new pump station would be located on a yet-to-be-determined site along the Apalachee River south of North High Shoals. The new pump station would need to begin operation sometime after 2010, reaching a peak hydraulic capacity of 0.55 MGD by 2025. A five-mile force main from the Apalachee River to just past State Route 53 is required.

 

The estimated total capital cost of implementing Option 4 over the next 21 years is $26 million in 2004 dollars. This cost includes construction, easement and site acquisition, engineering, legal, project administration, and contingencies for the trunk sewers, major pump stations and force mains, treatment plants, and effluent pipelines. Table 1 identifies the number of projects and associated approximate costs by each phasing time frame.

 

Table 1. Cost per Project Phase

Project

Number of

Cost

Phase

Projects

($Million)

2005-2010

48

$8

2011-2015

47

$8

2015-2025

14

$0

TOTAL

109

$26

 

Different permutations of Option 4 could be exercised to delay treatment plant construction or to take advantage of other opportunities that may arise. These options may include, but are not limited to, entering into an agreement with surrounding counties to develop regional wastewater treatment facilities; using reclaimed water; and variations in the timing and size of treatment expansions to accommodate changing development patterns.

 

An implementation plan was established for Option 4 to prioritize recommended projects. The projects were prioritized such that the higher growth areas would receive sewer service sooner. The areas north and northwest of Watkinsville were given the highest priority for establishing sewer service due to the anticipated rapid development. As part of the phasing plan, potential funding sources are identified. A combination of connection fees, revenue bonds, GEF A/SRF loans, and grants is recommended in addition to user charges in order to fund these improvements. Connection fees should be calculated and adopted as soon as possible to achieve the greatest amount of revenue from this development.

 

This Wastewater Master Plan is an aggressive improvement program. The $26 million in improvements over the next 2l-year period require appropriate planning for implementation of this program.   JJG recommends that the County prepare a detailed financial plan prior to commencing this capital improvements program.

 

Again, we appreciate the opportunity to provide this Draft Wastewater System Master Plan.  JJG looks forward to presenting this to your Board of Commissioners at their April 21, 2O04  Work Session.  Should you have any questions or comments regarding this Draft Report, please do not hesitate to call me.

 

Sincerely,

 

JORDAN, JONES & GOULDING, INC. 

 

Diana T. Jackson, P.E. Project Manager

cc:

Alan Theriault, Oconee County

Gary Dodd, OCUD

Chris Thomas, OCUD

Matt Forshee, OCPD

2186-041File

 


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