The Middle Oconee Water Reclamation Facility project is one of three the Athens-Clarke County Georgia public works department is completing at a total cost of about $49 million.
In the late 1960s, the Middle Oconee plant started as a trickling filter operation. It was converted to activated sludge in 1990. Now, wastewater travels through the 106-mile sewer system serving a 36-square-mile drainage basin and about 35,000 residents. The other two projects are the North Oconee WWTP, which currently houses two of JWC Environmental’s high-efficiency Monster Separation Systems, consisting of a Bandscreen Monster and a Screenings Washer Monster, and the Cedar Creek plant, according to On The Fly | TPO – Treatment Plant Operator Magazine.