In late 2019, WK Dickson was honored to have won a 2020 ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence State Award for our work on the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Dahlonega, GA. The state award is the organization's highest category. Today we learned we were also awarded the People's Choice Award, as revealed this morning during a live virtual event.
The wastewater treatment facility in Dahlonega had outgrown its capacity to serve its community. It also started receiving repeated violations for both phosphorus and ammonia nitrogen discharge limits. These nutrients, when discharged into waterways, can cause algae blooms leading to fish and wildlife toxicity. Through a mandated consent order, Dahlonega sought the services of WK Dickson to help them update their treatment facility equipment and operations, as well as find ways to bring them into compliance with nutrient discharge limits. The result of the project not only made the treatment plant compliant with the consent order ahead of schedule, but it also made the plant more efficient by reducing the operational costs by 25%, thereby saving the city thousands of dollars annually.
Check out this brief video about the project here: