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New facility helps Madison County town transition from septic tanks to sewer system

Greenville’s original wastewater treatment facility is from the 1980’s (left). The new wastewater treatment plant (right) can treat up to 150,000 gallons per day. -FDEP Courtesy Photo

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Greenville - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently joined the Department of Economic Opportunity, the Madison County Town of Greenville, along with state and local representatives at the dedication ceremony of Greenville’s new wastewater treatment facility. Funding for the project was provided in part by a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan of $1.6 million, $1.5 million of which will not have to be repaid by the town.

“We are proud to work with local communities like Greenville to provide funding assistance for projects that replace aging wastewater facilities,” said Trina Vielhauer, director of DEP’s Division of Water Restoration Assistance. “Projects like this help protect public health and restore the waterbodies of our state.”

“The new wastewater treatment facility is a game changer for the Greenville community,” asserts Town Manager Edward Walker Dean. “Not only does our modernized facility better preserve the environment, but it also operates more efficiently and effectively. This facility provides the Town of Greenville with cutting-edge equipment and technology to transition additional families and businesses from septic tanks to the town’s central sewer system.”

Greenville’s original wastewater treatment facility, which was developed in the 1980s, had become outdated and ineffective and had the potential to cause environmental harm if not replaced. The new wastewater treatment plant has the capacity to safely treat up to 150,000 gallons per day and properly service existing and new customers in the Town of Greenville.

This project is one of many projects identified to help further reduce nitrogen related impacts to Wacissa Springs, an impaired Outstanding Florida Spring, which DEP and its partners are actively working to restore.

About DEP’s Division of Water Restoration Assistance

-The Division of Water Restoration Assistance is responsible for providing loans and grants for projects that improve the quality and quantity of the state’s water resources and provide a significant benefit to the environment and local communities. Projects in several program areas are funded that improve stormwater quality, reduce pollutants entering surface water and groundwater, protect springs, collect and treat wastewater, produce and distribute drinking water, nourish beaches and reclaim mined land. For more information, visit https//