Many years ago, the practice of not treating wastewater before piping it to rivers was acceptable. Across the country, environmental awareness was not at the forefront and few considered it a health problem. At times, the flooded river water would back up the wastewater into the sewers. The State of Tennessee later took note and mandated the cease of flow of untreated wastewater into the river. In 1960, the Tennessee Department of Public Health determined that Jackson Energy Authority needed a sewage treatment plant to protect public health. After much research, investigation, growth studies and plans, the first wastewater treatment plant was built in 1967. Many upgrades and improvements have been made as well as the development of a second wastewater treatment plant and treatment lagoon in Pinson.
Jackson Energy Authority’s wastewater system is responsible for the operation, maintenance and protection of the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater generated in our community. A massive network of manhole covers, manholes, mains, pipes, lift stations and more work seamlessly together out of sight 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep the wastewater flowing. The system serves over 29,000 customers collecting and transporting millions of gallons of wastewater to the wastewater treatment plants.