Baldwin County Sewer Service (BCSS), the state’s largest private provider of sewer services, is seeking to substantially increase the capacity of its wastewater treatment plant on Fort Morgan Road, but nearby residents are wary of potential environmental impacts.
The Fort Morgan treatment plant, one of five operated by BCSS, currently has the capacity to treat 1.2 million gallons of wastewater per day. It uses a chlorine treatment method, then deposits treated wastewater into percolation ponds on the property, where it is “injected” (percolates) into the groundwater. As such, it is regulated as a Class V injection well by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), which issued a notice of the application for a modified permit late last month. The application seeks to increase capacity to 2 million gallons per day.