In the late 1990’s, the managers of a traditional water and gas utility realized they needed to start providing
wastewater services to new subdivisions or risk losing customer share to other utilities.
South Alabama Utilities (SAU) worked with developers to install more than 60 miles of Orenco® Effluent Sewer
lines. These lines serve 47 subdivisions and commercial properties, sending
filtered wastewater to about 150 AdvanTex textile treatment units at 14 different treatment facilities. When the
developments are fully built out, SAU’s facilities will have the capacity to handle nearly 4,000 new homes — as
well as schools, apartments, and business parks.