The WateReuse Association selected a Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources project as a winner in the 2018 WateReuse Awards for Excellence under the transformational innovation category.
The research project evaluated the feasibility and economics of using ozone/biological filtration treatments to produce drinking water directly from reclaimed water, compared to a more expensive reverse-osmosis process. The project involved two different demonstrations operated simultaneously for nine months. While both demonstrations replicated the current full-scale drinking water treatment process, one study treated lake water only while the other treated blends of lake water with advanced treated reclaimed water from the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center.
The pilot study demonstrated that drinking water standards could be achieved with a blend of the advanced treated reclaimed water from F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center and combined with water from Lake Lanier.