High Point Sewage

At the new permitting capacity of 26 MGD eight of every ten gallons of "liquid" flowing into the proposed"lake" during low flow conditions {7Q10} will be sewage discharge from the High Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Randleman Dam water quality issues have “ fallen through the cracks “.

On July 7, 1997, staff members from the N.C. Division of Water Quality, Division of Environmental Health and the Wildlife Resources Commission met in Raleigh to discuss the expansion plans for the City of High Point Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the proposed Randleman Dam project.

Minutes of that meeting stated 1 :

As it stands now, staff feels that the wq (water quality) issues have
sort of “ fallen through the cracks “ and not yet been addressed adequately
in any of the studies out there.

Several staff felt that there should have been one EIS ( not several EAs and EISs ) which looked at all the inter-related WQ issues for the entire project, from the construction of dam and loss of wildlife and wetlands, to the interbasin transfers and eminent domain issues, to the WWTP expansion and water treatment plant construction.

Lee Spencer ( Division of Environmental Health ) stated that he has
grave concerns with the proposed dam and water supply. He was
concerned that the water quality in the lake would not be adequate
to protect environmental concerns and public health.

Lee ( Spencer ) also mentioned that there are better water supply
alternatives available to High Point and Greensboro, and these should
be evaluated in great detail before settling on Randleman Lake as the only choice.

The question was reaised(sic) whether or not the proposed treatment
plant improvements would be reduced enough to allow this system
to go from a river to a lake and still meet WQ standards. Jay ( Sauber, Division of Water Quality, Environmental Sciences Branch )
indicated that the river currently violates some stds ( standards ),
and he indicated that it was unclear whether any level of current technology
will allow for all the water quality standards to be met in a lake below the discharge.

It was asked if the limits for the WWTP will protect WQ stds. Jay requested that when DWQ permits the WWTP, we make it clear that the water quality predicted for the lake violates WQ stds, so that we are not blamed for the condition of the lake and we are not asked to fry to fix it once it is impounded

Link to Eastside WWTP violations

1 “ FINAL / FINAL MINUTES - High Point WWTP EA Staff Meeting ” by Michelle L. Suberkrubbe, Environmental Specialist, Division of Water Quality, Planning Branch, July 16, 1997.