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Oconee County officials cut the ribbon at the new Calls Creek Water Reclamation Facility on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The facility is located at 1100 Durhams Mill Way, Watkinsville. Pictured (from left) are: Water Resources Director Tim Durham, Crowder Construction Project Manager Andrew Powell, Post 4 Commissioner Mark Saxon, Chairman John Daniell, Calls Creek Water Reclamation Facility Manager Erin Carlton, Post 2 Commissioner Chuck Horton, Post 1 Commissioner Mark Thomas, and Water Resources Assistant Director Mickey Baughcum.
The new Calls Creek facility went into service in August 2018 and has a capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day, more than double the capacity of the previous Calls Creek Plant. It is capable of expansion to 3 million gallons per day to meet future needs. The $14.43 million facility is staffed by a manager and three additional crew members, and includes a new dedicated office space.
“The expansion of the Calls Creek Water Reclamation facility is an important milestone for the county and will provide the increased capacity necessary to meet both the county’s immediate and future needs,” said Oconee County Water Resources Director Tim Durham. “This expansion will also provide a higher quality effluent, which is an important step in protecting our water resources and the environment. While there is always room for continual and ongoing progress, we should celebrate this achievement and thank the many people who have worked tirelessly to make this project a success. The construction of the new Calls Creek Water Reclamation Facility demonstrates the county’s commitment to serving the needs of its people.”
“Oconee County Government is committed to building and maintaining our county’s critical infrastructure,” said Oconee County Chairman John Daniell. “We are pleased to have completed the new Calls Creek Water Reclamation Facility, which will ensure that we can effectively meet the water treatment needs of our county.”
For more information about Oconee County Water Resources, visit www.oconeecounty.com/water.