A community uses its water supply to flush and transport a variety of wastes. This “wastewater” normally consists of 99.9% water. The .1% solids are significant because of their volume and potential impact. With this, the primary objective is the ultimate disposal of the processed wastewater in a manner that is safe and acceptable to the environment and the law.
The City of Covington's Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) is permitted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to treat up to 5.6 million gallons per day (MGD).
In order to achieve these objectives, the wastewater process must respond to change. Short-term changes may be the result of a seasonal nature while long term changes may result from population, economy, or industrial production. Operators must recognize changes, potential problems, and institute corrective actions if necessary.
Covington WRF employs (3) WW Operators, (1) Lab Tech and (2) WW Maintenance Techs. Each employee holds a certified State of Georgia WW Operator license. Licensed 'operators' must obtain continuing education hours to renew their license.
Though there can be many variations to the physical layout and operational process, each phase of the City’s wastewater proceses are identified and explained.