Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.23
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2016
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Sewanee - The University of the South
OP-28: Wastewater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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Total wastewater discharged:
116,671,000 Gallons

Wastewater naturally handled:
116,671,000 Gallons

A brief description of the natural wastewater systems used to handle the institution’s wastewater:

Sewanee uses the Sewanee Utility District (SUD) to treat and handle its wastewater. Currently, two university employees, Ken Smith (faculty) and Ronnie Hoosier (physical plant), sit on the board. SUD uses an entirely natural process to handle, treat, and then discharge its wastewater. All wastewater enters the SUD treatment plant and is treated without chemicals using three open lagoons and microbial processes. After moving slowly through the three lagoons, wastewater is treated with chlorine and sprayed on a 65 acre forest. These spray fields incorporate erosion-control measures such as extensive plantings of groundcover vegetation, low spray pressures, and maintenance of forest cover. As such, SUD has a Biological and Natural Systems Discharge Permit through the State of Tennessee.

+ Date Revised: Aug. 15, 2016

The website URL where information about the institution’s wastewater management practices is available:

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