Franklin County wastewater treatment plant is up and running

Franklin County officials and other dignitaries gathered at the newly opened wastewater treatment plant this past Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new plant, which came with a price tag of $7.8 million, is located behind Carnesville Elementary School-Primary.

Along with county commissioners, contractors, engineers and other county personnel attended the event.

The new plant has been permitted to handle 300,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

The new plant, which took 14 years to become a reality, was built at the site of Carnesville’s former plant. Prior to the completion of the plant, Franklin County’s wastewater treatment facility was limited to the exit areas of I-85.

Funding for the venture came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and pledges from both the City of Carnesville and the Franklin County Industrial Building Authority.

The agreement between the county and the City of Carnesville allows the city to maintain ownership of its infrastructure, with the city paying the county for processing its wastewater. The agreement makes Carnesville the county’s biggest customer so far.