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A. Scott Emmons Water Reclamation Facility

Project Scope

The scope for this project consisted of constructing a new 1.25 MGD wastewater treatment plant in the Little River watershed. Preconstruction services included design and constructability reviews, cost estimating, value-engineering recommendations, and preparation of a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) proposal package. Construction services included CMAR procurement, construction and construction management, start-up, performance testing, commissioning, and operator training. Reeves Young self-performed about 35% of the overall construction of the project.

The entire scope of the project involved:

  • Retrofitting an existing pump station to be a fully functional Headworks for the plant that included two screens and dual holding tanks to pump flows to the new or existing plant.
  • Installation of a New Sequential Batch Reactor (SBR) with associated Digestors and Post-Equalization Superstructure including the associated Aeration and Treatment Equipment.
  • Installation of a new Disk Filter and UV Treatment System with considerations met for future expansion.
  • Construction of a Process Building to support the treatment of the plant that included a chemical feed system, polymer treatment and belt press for sludge processing.
  • Construction of a Control Building, which had two main functions:
    • To provide the necessary control system for current and future expansion.
    • To provide a Conference Center that would allow continued learning and community engagement.
  • Installation of a complete Reuse System for a redundant Water Source that also provides recycle water to support the Environmental Campus.


Social Circle, Georgia


Newton County Water & Sewage Authority

How do you build a successful project in a remote location, during a pandemic, and with limited resources?

Challenge Faced

The first challenge this project endured was due to its remote location. This particular property was located about two miles away from any other buildings or structures, meaning a significant amount of work was required to bring simple utilities to the site 

 The second challenge faced on this project was the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 on project finances as well as logistics challenged the entire team to design and build the facilities in order to reduce cost and also limit the number of manhours required onsite to limit exposure of field staff to the virus.  

Solution Provided

To combat the challenge of a site with no clear access, the Reeves Young team first constructed a road into the site to make sure there was appropriate access for construction deliveries and site logistics. 

 In addition, because of the disconnect between the design and construction budget, our team got creative and generated cost savings by reducing the overall site footprint, combining structures to utilize common-wall construction, and modifying construction materials used. By working with Dutchland (supplier) to bring the first precast superstructure for the wastewater industry to the Georgia market, significant cost benefits were realized, and the onsite staff was better utilized to reduce the impact to manhours and mitigate COVID-19 virus exposure. 

32%  cost reduction

0% reduction in treatment capacity

1.25 MGD

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