Folkston Wastewater Treatment Improvements

Location: City of Folkston, Georgia

Office Responsible: Hinesville, GA

Oct , 2008–May , 2009

Client: City of Folkston
Pender Lloyd, City Manager
541 First Street
Folkston, Georgia 31537
Telephone: (912) 496-2563

In 2007, the D. Ray James prison notified the City of Folkston that an expansion would take place which would double the City’s population. Already nearing capacity, the City of Folkston had twelve months to analyze, select, and fund a treatment process capable of handling the flows from the prison. P.C. Simonton & Associates performed a sewer system study and treatment process analysis and selected the AGAR Moving Bed Bio Reactor process to treat the wastewater. In addition, it was determined that the City could eliminate 200,000 GPD of inflow and infiltration through manhole lining.


By working with EIP, One Georgia, and GEFA, P.C. Simonton & Associates was able to assist the City with funding. Though our relationships with the permitting agencies, we were able to complete the project in advance of the expansion and provide a treatment system in one-half the time of a typical treatment plant retrofit. After the success of this project, P.C. Simonton & Associates co-authored an article in Public Works Magazine on the Moving Bed Bio Reactor process and was featured in a video highlighting the same.