Sewage Treatment Plants Will Handle Condo Boom

It's one of the less glamorous impacts of the coast condominium boom. Can sewage treatment facilities handle all the wastewater from thousands of new condos?

Treated wastewater flows through the sewage treatment plant on Seaway Road. The facility processes five million gallons a day, but is permitted to handle nearly three million gallons more.

"These are our processing tanks, our clarifiers," said Kamran Pahlavan.

The executive director of Harrison County's wastewater and solid waste management district says the district is ready to handle the building boom. Projects under construction will add thousands of "condo commodes" to the wastewater stream. But treatment facilities have the capacity to expand.

"For example, the West Biloxi plant, we are permitted for 11.7 million gallons a day. Currently we are running plus or minus seven million gallons. Keegan Bayou plant, East Biloxi plant, we are permitted for ten million gallons a day and we are running at give million gallons a day," Pahlavan explained.

Cities in Harrison County are responsible for getting the raw sewage and wastewater from the condo developments to the various treatment plants. In Biloxi, part of that preparation has involved the expansion and improvement of sewage lift stations along Highway 90.

"I think the City of Biloxi has everything in order, you know," said Mayor A.J. Holloway.

The mayor says developers are paying for the improvements needed to handle the sewage demands of a given project.

"If they will have any effect on the lift stations or pump stations then they will have to go in and upgrade them to take care of their facilities and what they do," Holloway said.

Better lift stations and treatment plants with room to expand, should meet the sewage needs of the condo building boom.

Mayor Holloway says sewer lines in Biloxi are also in good shape. Whenever the city builds a new road, the project also includes new sewer and water lines.