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Georgia Recovery Act Project to Improve Water Quality in the Savannah River

Student Reporter Sarah Burk at the Port Wentworth Treatment Plant site.

Student Reporter Sarah Burk at the Port Wentworth Treatment Plant site.

My name is Sarah Burk and I live in Savannah, Georgia. I am 13 years old and am home-schooled. I am going to update you on the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Port Wentworth, Georgia.

This Wastewater Treatment Plant is being built so that water will be clean enough to go into the Savannah River. The cost for this project is about $11,500,000. USDA Rural Development provided a low interest loan of about $4,000,000 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $4,000,000 in grant money. The project was designed by Port City Design Group in Savannah.

I went to the plant on Friday, September 3. When I went to visit, I met Jack Smith of Choate Construction. I toured the construction site and watched the men finishing concrete that was just poured. When he is through with the construction, the plant will treat two million gallons per day of raw sewage.

I also went to another treatment plant near Port Wentworth to see what a plant will look like when it is finished. It was more spread out and was built a little differently but still does the same thing Port Wentworth’s plant will do. It really didn’t smell as bad as I thought it would. It still smelled; just not very bad.

The new plant was started in November of 2009 and should be complete in February 2011.

Note: Sarah Burk’s father works at the plant. 

Construction worker Gregory Newton at the Port Wentworth site.  The Recovery Act is providing construction jobs and improving water quality across the country.

Construction worker Gregory Newton at the Port Wentworth site. The Recovery Act is providing construction jobs and improving water quality across the country.

One Response to “Georgia Recovery Act Project to Improve Water Quality in the Savannah River”

  1. Mitsy Lister says:

    Good report Sarah! I believe USDA added the Note but this needs to be clarified: Sarah’s father is the project engineer for Port City Design Group; he does not technically work at the plant.

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