Representatives from the Richmond Hill wastewater plant, located in Sterling Creek, took some tough questions from Richmond Hill Garden Club members during their meeting at the Richmond Hill Library last week.
Discussion included the advantages and disadvantages of a natural system and the problems that come with a plant that is just about at capacity.
The Richmond Hill facility was built in 1997. The city received a "Trendsetter Award" from Georgia Trend Magazine in 2007 for innovation in creating an all-natural wastewater treatment facility. The facility, which doubles as a wildlife sanctuary, is on a 500-acre tract near Sterling Creek.
Chris Ruszkowski, an employee with OMI – the city-contracted public works company -- said the plant is about 95 percent at capacity, but expansion plans are in the works.
"My concern is capacity," Garden Club member Roy Hubbard said. "This plant is already at capacity, but they’re still issuing building permits."
Ruszkowski said he did not know when the expansion would take place. City Manager Mike Melton said Tuesday that the city is ready to roll out the expansion, but the ball is currently in the EPD’s court.
Read more in Wednesday's print edition of the Bryan County News.