Last year, the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) sent out the first of an annual survey of Tennessee wastewater treatment utilities (only those that are legally allowed to handle 0.1 million of gallons or more of water per day [mgd]) to find out which ones were using water conservation and water reuse practices. This is important to Tennessee as it faces strong pressures on its water resources from human use.
You may also view these results from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Web site links at http://www.state.tn.us/environment/dws/ and http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/other.shtml.
We are spotlighting the Sewanee Utility District (SUD) this year as an example of a wastewater reuse facility. To learn more about how their system operates, contact Ben Beavers, general manager, at (931) 598-5611 or at 150 Sherwood Road, Sewanee, TN 37375. You may also read a brief description about the SUD by following the link above.
Eighty-five household wastewater treatment facilities returned the survey. Of these, seven treated wastewater (or reclaimed water) to be reused in 2006. The total amount of wastewater these treatment facilities can handle is 20.92 mgd, and those facilities treated 15.6 mgd of domestic wastewater in 2006. Approximately 2.868 mgd of treated wastewater from these facilities were reused for beneficial purposes (like those listed in the table below). This table shows the number of facilities that reuse water in each TDEC Environmental Field Office District. It also shows how the treated wastewater was used within each district (how many golf courses, schools and parks were irrigated with it, etc.). Note: None of the facilities used the treated wastewater for edible crop or park irrigation.
|TDEC Environ. Field Office
||No. of Reuse Systems||No. of Homes Irrigated||No. of Golf Courses Irrigated||No. of Schools Irrigated||Other Public Access||Grass, Pasture, Other Crops||Groundwater Recharge & Indirect Reuse|
|The following table summarizes the ways reuse water was used among the seven systems that practiced that technique. It also includes the number of reuse systems, capacity, flow and area for each reuse type.|
|Reuse Type||Number of Systems||Capacity (mgd)||Flow (mgd)||Area Acres|
|Public Access Areas & Landscape Irrigation|
|Golf Course Irrigation||4||30.2||2.4308||622.5|
|Other Public Access Areas||2||12.53||0.061||103|
|Groundwater Recharge & Indirect Potable (See definition below)|
|Rapid Infiltration Basins||0||0||0||0|
|Adsorption Fields (See definition below)||0||0||0||0|
|Surface Water Augmentation||1||1.6||0.734614||not given|
|At Treatment Plant||0||12||0.66||0|
|At Other Facilities||0||0||0||0|
Contact information for each of the seven systems that practiced water reuse is below.
|Reuse System Name||County||Contact Person/Title||Address|
|City of Spring Hill Kings Creek Golfcourse||Maury||Shane Whitt Wastewater Treatment Superintendent||199 Town Center Parkway, Spring Hill, TN 37174 (931) 486-2252|
|Sewanee Utility District WWTP & Land Application System||Franklin||Ben Beavers General Manager||150 Sherwood Road Sewanee, TN 37375 (931) 598-5611|
|Sparta Wastewater Treatment Facilities Indirect Potable Reuse||White||Ronald Hillman Hutchings Senior Operator||1099 McMinnville Highway Sparta, TN 38583 (931) 738-3290|
|Town of Oakland||Fayette||Nolan Autin WWTP Operator||42 Industrial Park Rd. Oakland, TN 38060 (901) 465-8523|
|Murfreesboro Water & Sewer||Rutherford||Gene Casto Assistant Director||300 NW Broad Street Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (615) 890-0862|
|Town of Thompson's Station -Regional Sheaffer System||Williamson||Bruce Meyer Tennessee Regional Manager||1565 Thompson's Station Rd. North Thompson's Station, TN 37179 (615) 261-8600|
|City of Franklin Wastewater Plant||Williamson||Vic Bates Wastewater Superintendent||135 Claude Yates Drive Franklin, TN 37064 (615) 791-3240|
For a listing of the entire 2006 results or to report omissions or inaccuracies, please contact the Center's main office at 931/372-3507.
*The questions and format of the inventory survey were patterned after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Annual Reuse Report. The Center and TDEC express gratitude to Dr. David York (Water Reuse Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49, Tallahassee, Florida 32399) for granting permission to utilize material contained in the FDEP Annual Reuse Report. Appreciation is also extended to the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) for providing their support of the Reuse Inventory.