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 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 are 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).

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.

Second Private WWTP – Habersham

The second facility is currently owned by a private corporation named Habersham Action Committee, Inc. or HAC. This second plant, commonly referred to as theHabersham Wastewater Treatment Facility, was also constructed in the early 1970s and is capable of treating up to 110,000 gpd.

Above, the Habersham WWTP has been in operation since the early 1970s and is now outdated and needs to be replaced with a state-of-the-art facility.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.