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?
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. This facility was constructed in 1970 and is capable of treating up to 38,000 gallons per day (gpd). Since the City took control in 2004, there have been no NPDES Permit Violations, and the City has made several improvements to the treatment process.
Above, the Lanier Beach South activated sludge aeration basin has been in operation Since 1970.
The second facility is currently owned by a private corporation named Habersham Action Committee, Inc. or HAC. This second plant, commonly referred to as the Habersham Wastewater Treatment Facility, was also constructed in the early 1970s and is capable of treating up to 110,000 gpd.
Both the Habersham and the Lanier Beach South facilities discharge treated effluent into Lake Lanier.