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A Renaissance In Florence
Rich in history, Florence, AL, lies on the banks of the Tennessee River. Florence is also
considered the economic hub of this northwestern corner of Alabama.
In the 1990s, the need for a new wastewater treatment plant was recognized. Construction
began in 1998, and the plant — at a cost of $53 million — was officially started in 2001. This
was the largest project of its kind ever undertaken in Florence.
The plant is on the bank of the Tennessee River. It is called the Cypress Creek WWTP, named
after the creek that forms another of the plant's boundaries.
The plant uses an extended aeration activated sludge process with a design capacity of 20
MGD. The plant now typically operates at an average daily rate of 10 to 15 MGD.
Acting as an EQ basin, a 40-acre aerated lagoon with the additional capacity of 30 MGD helps
address the problems of inflow and infiltration. Excess flows are contained and returned at a
controlled rate to the plant for treatment.......
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