September 2020 Newsletter

September 24, 2020by Matt Fitterer0

Waste Water Treatment Plant


Spring Hill’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP or Sewer Plant) is nearing capacity. As the City continues to grow, BOMA will need to expand the capacity of the WWTP. Two things need to take place for the WWTP to be expanded, the City needs somewhere to discharge treated water and the Public Works Department needs to be relocated.
Currently, Spring Hill discharges up to 4 million gallons per day of treated effluent into Rutherford Creek. The amount of treated effluent that can be discharged is set by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). I’ll spare you the details, but TDEC has been clear that discharging additional volume into Rutherford Creek is not an option. The best alternative to seek a land application – where treated effluent would be sprayed upon the ground. Adjacent to the WWTP is an undeveloped 138 acre agricultural property, and the owner has agreed to enter into a 100 year lease with the City. Monday night, BOMA passed a Letter of Intent to enter into a lease agreement, pending approval from TDEC and satisfactory soil testing.
The Public Works department neighbors the WWTP. To expand the WWTP buildings, Public Works is in the way. It’s far cheaper to re-locate Public Works than WWTP or building a second WWTP, so Public Works needs to move. Recently an opportunity to purchase nearly 500 acres of land has been presented to BOMA. Certainly 500 acres is sufficient to move Public Works, and significant amounts of additional space would be available for other City functions as well.
Pay attention to these two items over the next several months (and years). BOMA needs to continue to keep WWTP expansion in the forefront until completion.
Neighborhood Sidewalk Program
The Neighborhood Sidewalk Program has been very popular over the past several years. The program is intended to be used for small projects within completed neighborhoods. The cost is shared between the HOA and the City.
Call you favorite HOA board member, and tell them to go here to apply for a project in your neighborhood. They have until October 31st to submit a project.
Long Term Water Supply
As we look to expand WWTP capacity, it should come to no surprise that we’ll need to expand our Water Treatment Plant (WTP or Water Plant) capacity as well.
Spring Hill takes water out of the Duck River, treats it and then it ends up in your homes. Similar to the WWTP, the state controls how much water we can pull out of the Duck per day (currently 4 million gallons). Spring Hill also currently purchases water from Columbia Power and Water Supply (CPWS) up to 2.88 million gallons per day.
Again, due to state restrictions, increasing our withdraw from the Duck River doesn’t look like a viable option. Instead, Spring Hill has decided to partner with CPWS (who will have permission to increase their withdraw) and purchase additional water from Columbia.
Monday night BOMA passed a resolution of intent to enter into a long term agreement with CPWS. CPWS now needs to proceed forward with some regulatory steps to move forward with their planned facility expansions.
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