Beaver Creek Sewage Treatment Plant was built in the 1950s and updated in the 70s, but in this day and age, it’s not up to par. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management says the plant doesn't meet permit. The City of Dothan can apply for a loan to help fund the project, but they have to do so by May 1.
"We need to get our name in the hat because there are a lot of cities that are applying for those funds and we need to make sure ours gets funded."
Plant workers say that on a rainy day, the plant doesn't function properly and discharges above their limits.
"You can get fines and other things can happen to the city if we don't take action. As a matter of fact, we're had letters from ADEM requiring us to take action so at this point, we have to take action."
The old plant was built on a small site, and the technology is outdated. Those are just some of the reasons why its time for a new facility.
"Probably the most important fact is Beaver Creek is a stream that is too high in nutrients, too much phosphate and other items in it that causes aquatic weeds and other things to happen to the stream to choke it off."
The city could find out this summer if by ADEM approves the loan, and if the project moves forward, bidding will take place early next year. A public forum will be held April 15 at the Dothan Opera House at 6 p.m. in order to review the city's spending options for Beaver Creek. There will be a presentation on the issue, and questions are welcomed.