Ga., Oct. 16, 2012) – Today Gwinnett commissioners heard details of a new
master plan for water and wastewater facilities that looks ahead to 2030. The
document, required by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District,
focuses on needed capital investments to comply with regional plans and aligns
with the County’s 2030 Unified Plan.
models helped predict growth in the County over the next 20 years to find
potential future bottlenecks and identify solutions. The results show that most
current water and wastewater systems can handle the growth. Commission Chairman
Charlotte Nash said, “We are well positioned for the growth and economic
development that is projected to come to Gwinnett over the next 20 years. Water
and sewer infrastructure is one area that distinguishes Gwinnett; there is
certainty for businesses looking to expand or locate here.”
25-member Citizens Advisory Panel and staff from several County departments
brought a multi-perspective voice to the document, which always improves the
process,” said Planning and Development Director Bryan Lackey.
Resources Director Ron Seibenhener said, “Now we can focus our resources on
maintaining and rehabilitating existing systems to reduce costs by operating
more efficiently and saving energy.” He pointed to the recently completed
upgrade at the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility as an example of this
type of transition. The upgrade consolidated six smaller water reclamation
facilities, put state-of-the-art technology and energy and efficiency measures
in place, and expanded the plant’s capacity to 22 million gallons per day to
accommodate the flow from the decommissioned facilities.
Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority approved the master plan on Oct.
15. The Board of Commissioners will consider the plan at a public hearing at on
Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
adopted, the new master plan will serve as the Department of Water Resources’
primary decision-making tool for creating new policies and prioritizing capital
projects through 2030.