Cumming Bethelview Road 8 MGD AWRF

Cumming Utilities’ Award-Winning 8 MGD Advanced Water Reclamation Facility. Ongoing Platinum Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWAs) – click here for a list of awards.

This state-of-the-art facility was constructed for just over $30 million in 2008 or $30 million/8 MGD = $3.75/gallon. Compare this award-winning and cost-effective facility to others in the region.

Above: May 2009 Aerial Photo of City’s Bethelview Road 8 MGD AWRF

Above: January 28, 2008 Advanced Water Reclamation Facility

Above: October 31, 2007 Advanced Water Reclamation Facility (AWRF)

The photo above is of the (brown) microorganisms under aeration. During this process, specific bacteria such as Phosphate Accumulating Organisms (PAOs), nitrosonomas and nitrobacter along with protozoa, yeasts, and fungi are grown and manipulated with varying oxygen concentrations to remove the wastes and pollutants from the water.

The photo above is of the city’s final aeration process which involves a stair-case type cascade. During the process, oxygen is added to the treated wastewater before the final effluent is discharged into Big Creek.

The photo above is of the city’s SCADA system which is a computerized system that manages the treatment process.

The picture above is an aerial photo of the City of Cumming’s Advanced Water Reclamation Facility (AWRF) The picture was taken on October 24, 2006. The two oval-shaped depressions, that you can see in the picture, are the beginnings of two new Aeration Basins that are now operational and used to treat raw sewage.

Above is a picture of the outer ring of the City’s peripheral feed clarifier and shows the mixed liquor suspended solids entering the clarifier from the aeration basin and the clarified (clear) water exiting the clarifier.

Above is a picture of the City’s discharge point into Big Creek. Notice the clarity of the treated wastewater as it enters the creek.