Private Wastewater Treatment:
It is the City’s policy to deny requests from developers to install private wastewater treatment facilities within the City’s Water and Sewer Service Area. Private wastewater treatment facilities are generally operated and owned by either a private individual or corporation. It is the City’s opinion that these types of facilities are not in the best interest of our community, especially after several years of operation. When these facilities cease to be a money making operation, who will foot the bill?
First Private WWTP – Lanier Beach South (LBS)
There were two private wastewater treatment facilities inside the boundaries of the City’s Water and Sewer Service Area. The first facility, the Lanier Beach South Wastewater Treatment Facility was purchased by the City in 2004 and decommisioned in 2015. This facility was constructed in 1970 and was capable of treating up to 38,000 gallons per day (gpd).
The original owners of the private Lanier Beach South facility were from Germany and had decided to invest in the real estate market in the US during the early 1970s.
Second Private WWTP – Habersham On Lanier (HOL)
The second facility was built in the early 1970s for the following subdivisions: Habersham on Lanier, Habersham at Lanier, Habersham Condominiums, and the Townhomes At Lanier. The Habersham WWTP facility is currently being operated by the City of Cumming after a fire destroyed one of the facility’s main wastewater pumping stations in April 2017. This facility is permitted to treat 110,000 gallons per day and discharges directly into Lake Lanier, the primary drinking water source for the city of Cumming, Forsyth County and other cities and counties around the Lake.
Above, the Lanier Beach South WWTP was in operation for over 45 yearsand discharged treated effluent directly into Lake Lanier.
The City removed the LBS discharge pipe from Lake Lanier in 2015.
Above, the Habersham WWTP has been in operation since the early 1970s and is now outdated and needs to be replaced with a state-of-the-art facility. This facility currently discharges wastewater directly into Lake Lanier.