The Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC) is a unique facility combining state-of-the-art wastewater treatment technology with an educational component. The 5-acre facility is located on a 43-acres site off Holcomb Bridge Road in the City of Roswell adjacent to the Chattahoochee River. The facility can treat up to 15 million gallons per day (MGD). The campus brings together a vision developed through a collaboration with the late Fulton County Commissioner Bob Fulton, the City of Roswell, and surrounding neighborhoods. JCEC meets the needs of the Johns Creek basin and replaces the previous Johns Creek Water Reclamation Facility.
To treat the wastewater, the County chose the state-of-the art membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology in conjunction with biological processes. JCEC is one of the first plants of its size using this MBR technology in the United States for the treatment of wastewater.
The JCEC is unique in that it combines aesthetic beauty with state-of-the-art technology to create a facility that performs a vital role for the community while being a 'good neighbor'. The structures are varying height to accommodate the treatment process but are configured to give an appearance similar to an old mill complex that may have resided along the Chattahoochee River in the early 1800's.
The JCEC includes the Dr. Robert E. "Bob" Fulton Environmental Education Center, an educational facility which has a lecture hall, classroom and teaching lab that allows local schools to learn about the wastewater treatment process as well as any other related environmental subjects. The program also gives local residents learning opportunities on a variety of water quality management issues. The JCEC is available for tours by appointment only.
There is no increase in noise levels above the background noise level and it produces reuse quality water that is eventually fed into the North Fulton County Water Reuse Distribution System. The facility uses reuse water for irrigation, lavatories, and for fire protection on the campus grounds. The facility also has complete odor control of all process areas that prevents any odorous air from leaving the facility. The landscape includes a series of walking trails, a pond and stream system complete with a covered bridge, over 1,000 new trees and shrubs, and specially designed stormwater bio retention facilities that help clean stormwater runoff.
The JCEC has ongoing partnerships with educational institutions and environmental organizations and has received numerous local and national awards.