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Fulton expanding Little River treatment plant

Work is first step in $533M overhaul of Fulton water treatment system



ROSWELL, Ga. – The Fulton County Public Works Department broke ground May 5 at the Little River Water Reclamation Facility to expand its sewer capacity from 1million gallons per day (mgd) to 2.6 mgd.

The expansion will not only end the sewer tap moratorium in its coverage area but allow for new economic growth in western Roswell, Mountain Park and western Milton along Arnold Mill Road.

It is the first step in a plan to overhaul of the county’s water and sewer system that will include:

• Boosting Big Creek Wastewater Reclamation Facility’s capacity by more than double to 38 mgd

• Building a diversion line from Big Creek to RL Sutton Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Cobb County

• Laying water reuse piping from the Johns Creek Environmental Campus to replace the reuse water lost with the closing of Cauley Creek WRF

The current base rate of $8.41 per 1,000 gallons of water will be increased 5 percent in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The rates will be re-evaluated at the end of three years to see if further assessments are necessary, said Fulton Deputy Director for Technical Services Ray Wooten.

No rate changes will go into effect before Oct. 1.

The nine-year capital improvement plan budgeted at $523,516,000 includes:

• $42 million for water system improvements

• $278 million for wastewater treatment plant expansions

• $56.85 million for wastewater collection systems improvements

• $145.7 million for water and wastewater relocations and repairs

At the Little River WRF groundbreaking, Fulton County Post 1 Commissioner Bob Ellis said Little River’s expansion is a major economic step forward for the western area of North Fulton and the first step in a major overhaul of the Atlanta-Fulton County Water System.

“This upgrade and expansion is absolutely necessary to accommodate the growth in this portion of North Fulton County,” said Ellis speaking at the ground-breaking. “Upgrading the Little River plant will allow us to continue to provide residents with the world-class water and sewer services that they expect now and well into the future.”

Ellis also acknowledged that the upgrades for Little River were a long time in coming.

“This area doesn’t get any attention unless there is a crisis. This expansion is due to over-building, leaks and breaks. It seems we always do a good job of reacting,” Ellis chided.

With the new micro-membrane filtration technology pioneered at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus and improved odor control technology, Little River will treat more water at less cost and produce cleaner water to reintroduce into Little River.

Completion of the project is set at April 2020.

“You can’t put a value on clean water,” said District 2 Commissioner Liz Hausmann. “It is a quality of life issue.”

Upon completion, the work at the Little River Water Reclamation Facility will greatly improve the waste water treatment in North Fulton County and several surrounding communities.

Ellis said he is glad to see the long-running sewer moratorium in this part of his district lifted.

“This improvement coupled with the expansion of Big Creek treatment plant means new development can come into the district,” Ellis said.

Hausmann agreed, saying the improvements to the water system ensure economic growth and good quality of life for North Fulton citizens.

“Improving Little River is a huge first step,” she said.

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