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|Enjoying a Natural Fit
Winston-Salem Journal (NC) (09/07/05) P. B1 ; Sparks, Jim
In 1994, officials in the small North Carolina town of Walnut Cove were considering building a conventional wastewater treatment plant that would use both mechanical and biological processes to clean wastewater. As the original cost estimate of $2 million kept rising, Wayne Smart-- then a member of the Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners-- proposed a wastewater wetlands as an inexpensive alternative to a conventional sewage plant. Although many town officials, consulting engineers, and residents were skeptical, the wastewater wetlands system was eventually built, and began operating in 1996. The system, which cost less than $1 million to build, is less expensive to run than a conventional wastewater treatment plant because it does not have to be overseen 24 hours a day, since nature and gravity do most of the work, said plant operator Mark Bowman. The process of treating the wastewater is started with the water being sprayed into the air to add oxygen and promote microbial activity. The water works its way through a series of ponds, passing through thick groves of cattails that help to filter out nitrogen phosphorous ammonia and other naturally occurring chemicals. The water is then chemically treated to remove any remaining germs, which leaves the plant cleaner than the creek water it flows into, operators say. Smart says that the system has already exceeded most people's expectations, as it has proven itself to be an economically and environmentally responsible way of dealing with waste.
|read more of the September 2005 article|
|view a gif image of the wetland system (276kb)|
|Water/Sewer/Garbage Ordinance revised May 1, 2007 (40kb)|
|Sewer Use Ordinance - Fats, Oils, and Grease Control|
|Water/Sewer Rate Schedule 2012|
|2011 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report|
Sites with more information about conserving water:
Town of Walnut Cove, NC - Water & Sewer Department