By Sarrah Peters
On July 12, Rainbow City officials broke ground on a Waste Water
Treatment Plant for the city located at 1540 Sutton Bridge Road.
The waste water treatment plant is an issue that Utilities Board had
been considering for some time.
“After researching many options, the Utilities Board determined that
in order to continue and encourage growth in our city, we must move
forward,” said Debbie Hiltz, chairman of the board.
The city will be a using new type of treatment system called a
Sequencing Batch Reactor. The new system churns the waste water,
allowing natural processes to break down the waste, the water is then
filtered and cleaned with UV light. The result is clean water, that is
returned to the Coosa River. The system is efficient, has a small
carbon footprint and is very cost effective. The system can clean two
million gallons of wate water a day, and can be expanded to three
million gallons in the future.
The end result is so clear that the Utilities Board will be using the
cleaned water in an 180 gallon and six foot long aquarium.
“This opens up the city for all types of growth,” said Hiltz.
The new plant is set to be completed by Insite Engineering in about 14 months.
“I want to thank the employees of our board, including shop and office
employees, our engineers, our mayor and our council, who have worked
diligently to get us to this point and for their continued support of
this very important project,” said Hiltz.