Water Reclamation Facilities
In 1959, the Lower Poplar Street Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) opened to provide treatment for municipal and industrial waste within the Bibb County service area that extends north of Macon along the Ocmulgee River.
Lower Poplar Street WRF Capacity
The Lower Poplar Street Plant had an original wastewater treatment capacity of 12 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD), until the MWA upgraded it with highly sophisticated processes. It now maintains a capacity of 20 MGD to serve our customers better.
How Does the Lower Poplar Street WRF Work?
The Lower Poplar Street WRF is an advanced secondary wastewater treatment facility that uses a coupled filter tower/activated sludge process. The major treatment stages at the facility involve preliminary, primary, and secondary wastewater treatment, as well as sludge handling.
You can learn more about the Wastewater Treatment Process and proper biosolids handling at the Lower Poplar facility here.
Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facility
The Rocky Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) provides wastewater treatment for the southern and western portions of the City of Macon and Bibb County. The facility was built in the early 1970’s as a joint treatment facility with the Macon Kraft Company, now called Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
The current design flow of the plant is for handling a monthly average of 24 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD), or a weekly average of 30 MGD. The current treatment flow is approximately 18.5 MGD, with 7 to 9 MGD coming from the Graphic Packaging industrial site.
The Rocky Creek Plant is an advanced secondary wastewater treatment facility utilizing the extended aeration activated sludge process, followed by conventional filtration. There are three separate flow streams conveying wastewater to the plant – the Graphic Packaging, Tobesofkee Creek, and Rocky Creek sewer interceptor lines.
You can see more details on the Wastewater Treatment Process and proper handling of Biosolids at the Rock Creek facility here.