From toilet to tap the direct discharge of wastewater into the Randleman Lake
The EPA would not allow the direct discharge of treated wastewater into the Corps of Engineers proposed Randleman reservoir project. The Corps of Engineers recommended a treated sewage discharge pipe located downstream of the Randleman Dam.
In a February 22, 1985 letter to the Acting Director of the N.C. Division of Environmental Management, Corps of Engineers District Engineer Colonel Wayne Hanson writes:
I would like to advise you that there is no question about bypassing the effluents.
The bypassing scheme is an absolute requirement of the project.
When the Corps of Engineers abandoned the project in 1987, the
Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority started their plans to build
the proposed reservoir, with the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant
discharge flowing directly into the lake.
Knowledge of this major change in the project was not public knowledge until one month before the February 1991 public hearing on the Inter-basin Transfer permit.
Alison Davis, in a January 13, 1991 Greensboro News & Record article, Officials question water cleanliness in lake plan writes:
Officials in some areas the reservoir will serve arent convinced discharging
into the lake is a good idea. Some said they didnt know of the water
Thats news to me , Greensboro Mayor Vic Nussbaum said. I dont
recall ever hearing it before. If thats the case, Ill have to be looking into it.
If you go ahead and get it piped on down, you dont have to worry about
an instance where a toxic spill happened , said Tom Gore, High Points
acting water treatment supervisor. If that one instance ever happens
wed probably wish wed piped below the dam.