Streamline - Summer 2012 - (Page 21)

Southampton County: BY DONNA J. LAWSON, WASTEWATER TECHNICIAN II A Story of Progress Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance. – Alexander Pope Courtland city limits and near Route 58, tucked away behind a small row of trees and a stone’s throw from the Nottaway River, is the latest Virginia Rural Water Association’s System of the Year Wastewater Treatment Facility. Southampton County, a county rich in history and steeped in heritage, lies in the southeastern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Traveling through this unassuming county, a passersby would be inclined to think that technology has not had a great impact on the area. With quaint homes and townspeople who wave to one another along Main Street, a “state of the art” wastewater treatment facility is not likely. Technology is here, though, and it can be found within the new Courtland Water Reclamation Facility. It is one of seven wastewater treatment facilities owned and operated by the county of Southampton. JUST OUTSIDE THE Southampton County’s commitment reflects what can be achieved with limited assets when the right team is in place. Southampton County was experiencing periodic hydraulic overloads to their old Courtland plant. The capacity issue was a concern to the County; without capacity at its treatment plant, growth within this region could not occur. During this time, forward-thinking members of the county staff looked at expansion to their current plant and/or the feasibility of an entirely new treatment facility. After many months of research and study, they deemed it appropriate to keep the old plant in service while a new plant was constructed. This new plant would take into consideration all the possible future needs of the county for the next 20 years. The undertaking fell mostly on four men within the County: Mike Johnson, county administrator; Julien Johnson, utilities director; Michael Smith, deputy director of utilities; and Raymond Bryant, chief operator. Mike Johnson was behind the overall concept. He was responsible for finding the funding, and for planning the service areas for the new plant. Julien Johnson managed the entire water and wastewater system. His responsibility was to maintain continued service to the customers of the service area, provide assistance throughout the project, and maintain the other treatment plants, two water systems, and do all the paperwork associated within his department. Smith’s responsibilities include all permits, DEQ regulations and correspondence and keeping the Industrial Discharge Program up to date. Bryant’s responsibility was not only to keep the treatment plants in compliance, but ensure that the existing Courtland WWTP operated within compliance as a major construction project was happening on site. Bryant attended meetings, 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2012

From the President
From the Executive Director
Summer Conservation Considerations
Emergency Communications
Asset Management
Southampton County: A Story of Progress
Board Members Quiz
Conference 2012 Highlights
The Town of Lebanon-One Small Step for Man
Drakes Branch Distribution System Upgrade
A Proper Rate-Virginia RATES Program
Missing Water Found
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcome New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2012