Oconee Commission Oks $13.4 Million Sewage Treatment Plant

Oconee County’s Board of Commissioners approved an overdue expansion of the county’s overloaded Calls Creek wastewater treatment plant, along with a controversial add-on project that will prepare the site in Watkinsville for still another future expansion. The commission approved the $13.4 million project in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Chuck Horton casting the no vote. Horton said he was in favor of the current expansion project, which will more than double the plant’s treatment capacity to 1.5 million gallons a day, but opposed to spending $1.1 million for the add-on work. Construction could begin as soon as April and be completed in 12 to 18 months, according to Oconee County Public Utilities Director Wayne Haynie.

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