The City of Hoschton is a small community and a wonderful place to call home. It is located just off Interstate 85 in Jackson County in north Georgia, about 35 miles northeast of the Atlanta perimeter. Jackson County is included in the 10 fastest growing counties in the country yet offers an abundance of open spaces and unspoiled views of the state’s Piedmont Region – just south of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our climate is moderate, pleasant, and enjoyable for a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Our city mixes the advantage of small town living and the convenience of being less than 45 minutes from urban areas such as Athens, Gainesville and metro Atlanta for shopping, dining and entertainment. On behalf of all of our citizens, please visit our community and make yourself at home!
City of Hoschton Wastewater Phase 2 Clarifier Project
The City of Hoschton is over midway to completion of this $ 2.5 million dollar upgrade scheduled to be completed and operational by early July of this year. The construction of the Equalization Pond from the Phase 1 Upgrade provided the City with the ability to treat wastewater at a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day (GPD). All components in the Plant were originally designed and constructed for an average daily flow of 500,000 GPD. However, the plant had an inadequate functioning Phase Separator acting as a Clarifier, which is not adequate for the treatment of 500,000 GPD. The Phase 2 Upgrade replaces this Phase Separator with two Circular Clarifiers for more efficient solids separation thereby allowing the plant to reach its original design flow capacity of 500,000 GPD.
The footings and both Clarifier bases and required piping have been installed along with the flow splitter boxes. The past several weeks of cold wet weather have impeded the concrete installation of the circular wall forms and rebar for the two Clarifiers. However, drier weather this week has allowed this portion of the project to move forward again and concrete is being poured. These circular walls must be poured in thirds instead of all at once. Once the first third of the wall is poured, then the next third is poured and then the final third poured until the entire circular wall has been completed. Additionally, the RAS and WAS valve vaults have been installed and completed.
The project is still about 30 days ahead of schedule, and if warmer, drier weather prevails over the next several months, significant progress will be made to include installation of the remaining equipment, piping, electrical connections, site dressing and start up phases to go online before the contractual construction completion date of July 7, 2021. The City website has photographs of the project in progress that are being updated weekly.
The Phase 3 Upgrade will follow immediately behind Phase 2 and will include additional equipment and plant upgrades to increase the daily treatable flow from 500,000 to 950,000 GPD. This project is being planned and designed now by Environmental Management Inc. (EMI), City Engineers, to help keep ahead of the increased wastewater demand brought about by the accelerated residential and commercial growth expected to continue in the immediate future within the Hoschton service area. The estimated project cost for Phase 3 will be $8-10 million with a projected completion date of mid-year 2026. Phase 4 will follow soon afterwards to increase the wastewater flow capacity to 2.0 million gallons per day with a projected completion date of Fall 2030 which coincides with the anticipated completion of the Twin Lakes / Cresswind 1,400 acre PUD Community.
Gary M. Fesperman
March 05, 2021