Wastewater Treatment Division
The Two Rivers Utilities, located in Gaston County, North Carolina, serves the communities of Gastonia and Cramerton. The first regional utility in Gaston County to provide both water and waste water treatment to its residents.
Long Creek WWTP
Plant History: The Long Creek WWTP began operation in 1965 and was expanded/upgraded in the early 1970’s where it operated for years as an 8 million gallon per day facility. The plant was expanded and upgraded once again in the mid-nineties to 16 million gallon per day with the addition of nutrient removal (phosphorus and nitrogen).
Crowders Creek WWTP
Plant History: The Crowders Creek WWTP began operation in April of 1992 with a design capacity of 6 million gallons per day. The plant was designed with phosphorus removal capabilities. In the summer of 2001 the plant was upgraded with a step feed system that allows for the removal of nitrogen.
Eagle Road WTTP
Plant History: The Eagle Road WWTP was purchased by the Town of Cramerton from J.P. Stevens in 1999 and converted to treat the Town’s wastewater. The plant was upgraded in 2007 with chemical phosphorus removal. In July, 2011, the Eagle Road WWTP was consolidated with the City of Gastonia’s Long Creek and Crowders Creek facilities to become part of Two Rivers Utilities.
Resource Recovery Farm
The Resource Recovery Farm (RRF) was established in 1994 on 600+ acres of City of Gastonia owned land, located between Dallas and Cherryville. The Farm was established to provide a place where a biosolids storage facility could be constructed and where land could be utilized for the land application of Biosolids from TRU treatment facilities. The RRF is a public-private partnership between TRU and EMA Resources, Inc., a biosolids management company. TRU is responsible for the infrastructure and maintenance improvements to the RRF and Otter Creek is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the RRF. Otter Creek subcontracts the actual farming on the RRF to a local Gaston County Farmer.
In 1997, the City of Gastonia was awarded the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) Region IV First Place Award for Beneficial Use of Biosolids for its Biosolids Program, which included the Resource Recovery Farm. In addition the City of Gastonia was awarded Honorable Mention at the National level. These awards recognized the City’s activities for demonstrating biosolids management practices, which are environmentally safe, economically attractive and acceptable to the public.
The Resource Recovery Farm is equipped with two lined biosolids storage basins with a combined capacity of 8 million gallons and the equipment to mix and load the solids onto application vehicles for land application on the 200 acres of permitted crop and pasture land located on site or the other 1800+ acres located throughout Gaston County. These basins are primarily used for storage when when weather restricts land application.