There are five Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF) in Fulton County. These facilities treated an average of 42.1 million gallons a day (mgd) in 2011.
The Big Creek, Johns Creek, and Little River Water Reclamation Facilities are located in north Fulton:
Big Creek Water Reclamation Facility
1080 Marietta Hwy, Roswell, GA 30075
Permitted capacity 24mgd
Little River Water Reclamation Facility
2415 Cox Road, Woodstock, 30188
Permitted capacity of 1mgd
Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC)
8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30022
Permitted capacity of 15mgd
For a guided group tours of the north Fulton facilities, call (404) 613-3000.
The Camp Creek and Little Bear Water Reclamation Facilities are located in south Fulton:
Camp Creek Water Reclamation Facility
7520 Cochran Road, College Park, 30349
Permitted capacity of 24mgd
Little Bear Water Reclamation Facility
705 Rippling Brook Drive, Palmetto, GA 30268
Permitted capacity of 100,000 gallons per day
For a guided tour of these south Fulton facilities, call (770) 774-1638.
BIG CREEK WRF
The Big Creek WRF is located at 1030 Marietta Highway, Roswell, in north Fulton County west of the Chattahoochee River in the Big Creek Basin of Fulton County. The Big Creek WRF serves the largest service area and largest total flow of treatment facilities in North Fulton County. The service area is approximately 70 square miles and includes Roswell, Alpharetta, and areas of Cobb, Fulton, and DeKalb Counties and portion of Milton. The Big Creek WRF was originally constructed at its current location in 1969 with a treatment capacity of 0.75 MGD. Several upgrades and expansions have been completed on the facility to its current permitted treatment capacity of 24 MGD.
The facility was upgraded in 1991 to 24 MGD through the construction and addition of new headworks, influent screening and degritting, aeration chambers, secondary clarifiers, activated sludge handling and dewatering, sand filtration, and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. The UV System was upgraded in 2006. Fulton County is proceeding with plans to upgrade and expand the Big Creek WRF from 24 to 38 MGD to meet the projected wastewater treatment demands.
Treated wastewater from the Big Creek WRF is discharged to the Chattahoochee River. Dewatered sludge is disposed offsite to landfill.
JOHNS CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPUS (JCEC)
The Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC) is located at 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30022. The JCEC has flexibility in being able to treat wastewater using chemicals in combination with biological processes. The state-of-the-art Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology used here provides a high level of treatment.
The campus is situated on 43 acres off Holcomb Bridge Road in the City of Roswell adjacent to the Chattahoochee River near the Gerrard Landing residential community. This new state-of-the-art Fulton County wastewater treatment facility meets the needs of the Johns Creek basin and replaces the former Johns Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF).
The JCEC is unique in that it combines aesthetic beauty and state-of-the-art technology to create a facility that performs a vital role for the community while being a 'good neighbor'. It includes an educational facility which has a lecture hall, classroom and teaching lab that allows local schools to learn more about our precious water resources. The facility was designed to have zero increase in noise levels above the preconstruction background noise levels and it produces reusable quality water. The facility uses the reuse water for irrigation and for fire protection. The facility also has complete odor control of all process areas that prevents any odorous air from leaving.
For more information on the facility, please visit the JCEC website.
LITTLE RIVER WRF
The Little River WRF is located at 2415 Cox Road in Woodstock, GA, 30188, in neighboring Cherokee County. The plant serves Mountain Park and nearby communities in north Fulton and part of Cherokee County. The plant property is located at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Little River and is surrounded by a golf course and residential areas. The plant serves a portion of Milton and Roswell service area in north Fulton and discharges to the Little River.
Wastewater from the collection system passes through a Parshall flume and is pumped from the influent pump station to a mechanical bar screen. The pump station contains three pumps with a combined maximum capacity of approximately 3 MGD. Downstream of the bar screen, wastewater splits between two biological treatment trains. Each train consists of a fermentation zone, two anoxic zones and an aerobic zone arranged in series. These zones provide for BOD, phosphorus, and nitrogen removal. After secondary clarifiers flow enters into sand filters and UV channels for disinfection. The effluent is discharged to the Little River.
The Little River Land Application System (LAS) began operation in April 1995 and consists of effluent pumping, disinfection and delivery to the plant property line for use by an off-site user. The LAS is permitted to discharge up to 200,000 gallons per day (GPD). The Little River Plant is permitted for 1 MGD.
CAMP CREEK WRF
Camp Creek WRF is located at 7520 Cochran Road, College Park, GA 30349.
The Camp Creek Plant treats wastewater from all the residential, commercial, and industrial users in the south Fulton County, Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, East point and portion of city of Atlanta. The influent flows from the Camp Creek, Cochran Road and Deep Creek Pump Stations to the headworks of the plant. The Camp Creek Plant also receives and treats septage from customers located within the Fulton County service area. Septage is currently received at the receiving station and enters the Plant with the combined Plant influent.
After screening at headworks, wastewater flows to grit separators and then split to north and south primary clarifiers, aeration basins and secondary clarifiers. After secondary clarifiers, the combine flow from north and south plants enters the sand filters and UV channels for disinfection. Afterwards, the post aeration effluent is discharged to the Chattahoochee River.
Waste sludge is pumped to three holding tanks and then dewatered by centrifuges. The dewatered sludge is hauled to a landfill for disposal.
The plant is permitted for 24 MGD average monthly flow.
LITTLE BEAR WRF
The Little Bear WRF is a package treatment facility located at 705 Rippling Brook Drive, Palmetto, Georgia. The facility serves the Wilkerson Mill Subdivision in South Fulton. The Plant was originally constructed in 1977 and has an average daily design capacity of 100,000 gallons per day (GPD) and receives wastewater flows from the Little Bear Pumping station which is located on the plant grounds.
Wastewater passes through a bar screen and flows into an aeration basin where it comes in contact with sludge from the re-aeration basin. The aeration basin mixed liquor flows to the final clarifiers and the final effluent is aerated and disinfected before being discharged to the Little Bear Creek. Settled sludge from the clarifiers is returned to the re-aeration and excess sludge and scum are wasted to the aerobic digester for additional treatment. The digested sludge is transported to Camp Creek Plant for dewatering and disposal to a landfill.