JEA’s state-of-the-art treatment plants process over 14 million gallons of wastewater each day. Treatment is achieved through two plants with total capacity of 23.4MGD. JEA’s treatment processes meet or exceed all federal and state standards.
JEA spends over $6 million each year to transport and treat residential, commercial and industrial wastewater. The existing wastewater (sanitary sewer) collection system consists of about 350 miles of main and 35 pumping stations. Current processing is 14 million gallons a day, giving the community a sizeable capacity for additional load.
The plants are capable of processing all normal domestic wastes to meet state and federal requirements. Certain unusual industrial wastes may require pretreatment before water is discharged into JEA’s system. A copy of JEA’s Wastewater System Use Regulations is available upon request.
Most of the wastewater flows by gravity to the treatment plants. The plants use bar screens and a sedimentation process to remove inert solids from the water. A second process uses microorganisms to remove biodegradable solids; the microorganisms live off the matter in the water. A disinfectant is then added to the water to make sure it is free of bacteria before it is discharged into the Forked Deer River.
Excess microorganisms from the treatment process are removed and become biosolids. JEA further treats some of the biosolids and returns them to the environment by plowing them into farmland or composting and selling the compost to the public.
JEA will provide an estimated average monthly wastewater calculation based on an industry’s estimated discharge.