Valdosta Daily Times

January 22, 2011 by USA Post 

Valdosta Daily Times, The City of Valdosta Wednesday announced the acquisition of 75 acres of land for the future relocation of the plant wastewater treatment Withlacoochee.

Part of a parcel of 525 acres, the cost of the area of 1,012,500 and will be paid by SPLOST VI. The city is also trying to obtain funding approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“The acquisition of this property is necessary for the relocation of the largest city treatment plant wastewater, which serves two thirds of the city and the majority of businesses in the city and residents,” Henry Hicks, director of Services said. “The acquisition enables the most cost effective resettlement and ensure the city meets the current requirements and regulations, as well as planning for future needs. This is a very strategic and proactive. “Resettlement is necessary to avoid the possibility of future flooding. Therefore, the field was chosen because it is at a higher elevation than the current site on Wetherington Road and not in a flood zone.

The current plant is located along Highway 84 West on Wetherington Road and the recently purchased land is about a few hundred feet north of the existing plant, according to Larry Hanson, City Manager.

The tube 75-acre of land is “54 feet higher” in elevation of the existing plant, “he said, and is part of the flood 100 years.

Once the new plant is built, the current ownership will continue to be used for the main discharge of the Withlacoochee.

Learn more about this story in today’s edition of The Times.

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