Franklin has finished an internal review of how it operates its Water Reclamation Facility, after allegations of mismanagement made by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) on behalf of the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA).
“Going through this detailed review process was important in that it has affirmed we have a high-performing system to serve our community needs and ensure our continued stewardship of the Harpeth River,” Ken Moore, mayor of Franklin, said.
He said city’s study reaffirmed that Franklin uses sound operations in their collection and treatment systems. “Operating a waste-water utility is extremely complex,” he said.
He said that many of the claims by the HRWA arose from a lack of understanding of “the data pulled from our own comprehensive record-keeping.”
The EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regulate waste water heavily. The city also recently received the industry’s Authority Pretreatment Excellence Award.
The budget for Franklin’s waste water management system has risen from $800,000 in 2012 to $2 million in 2014 to a projected $3 million by 2017.
Click HERE to read a fact sheet of conclusions from the city’s review.