GEFA awards $72.7 million for water projects

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The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) this week approved 19 loans or grants totaling $72.7 million to help local governments pay for water and sewer infrastructure projects.

The three largest grants will pay part of the costs of impounding new reservoirs.  These include:

Carroll County Water Authority — $10 million to expand the storage of an existing flood control dam on Indian Creek. The 643-acre pumped-storage reservoir will be filled initially with water from Indian Creek and, in the future, with water from the Little Tallapoosa River. The reservoir will be designed with a projected yield of 18 million gallons per day (MGD) and will provide nine billion gallons of water storage in the Tallapoosa River Basin. The total cost of the reservoir project is estimated to be $110 million.

Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) — $10 million for the Russell Creek Reservoir project. This project involves expanding the storage of an existing flood control dam on Russell Creek. The 137-acre pumped-storage reservoir will be filled with water pumped from the Etowah River. The reservoir will be designed to have a projected yield of 11.5 million gallons per day (MGD), and will provide 1.37 billion gallons of water storage in the Coosa River Basin. The total cost of the reservoir project is estimated to be $34.8 million.

Paulding County — $6 million for costs associated with the Richland Creek Reservoir. The 305-acre pumped-storage reservoir on Richland Creek in northern Paulding County will be filled with water from the Etowah River. The reservoir is being designed with a projected yield of 35 million gallons per day (MGD), and will provide 3.43 billion gallons of water storage in the Coosa River Basin. The total cost of the reservoir project is estimated to be $99.7 million.

The other projects involve these localities:

  • Savannah — $22.6 million for constructing a new temperature-phased anaerobic digestion system at the President Street Water Reclamation Facility to produce biosolids for future sale to local agricultural industries.
  • Braselton — $1.84 million for replacing the Mulberry Interceptor sewer, a 10-inch line constructed in 1986, and extend sewer service along Georgia Highway 53 North, allowing the city to collect and treat wastewater flows from the city of Oakwood.
  • Baldwin — $1.63 million for a new 500,000 gallon elevated storage tank that will replace an existing 100,000 gallon ground storage tank, service and paint existing storage tanks, construct a booster pump station, and install pressure-reducing valves in the distribution system.
  • Clayton — $2 million for rehabilitating the city’s sewage collection system, including replacing manholes, smoke testing, flow metering, and pipe replacement and rehabilitation. Another $750,000 loan will finance rehabilitating and replacing existing lines within the city’s water distribution system.
  • LaGrange — $3 million for constructing a new solid waste cell at the LaGrange landfill.
  • Port Wentworth — $2 million for constructing a 500,000 gallon elevated water tank and other modifications to the existing water system in the northern area of the city.
  • Tallapoosa — $1.27 million for water distribution system improvements, including replacing small lines and looping existing dead end lines.
  • Richland — $187,390 for retrofitting 575 water meters with radio read meters and install radio read equipment and software.
  • Scotland — $250,000 for installing a groundwater radon removal system on both of the city’s drinking water wells.
  • Bowersville — $96,673 for installing a water line along West Main Street to service new industry west of the town.
  • Decatur County — $2.36 million for constructing a new municipal solid waste cell.
  • Monroe County — $1.98 million for installing water line extensions along Pea Ridge, Taylor Road and Dames Ferry Road in southeastern Monroe County.
  • Towns County Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) — $3.2 million for rehabilitating the water distribution system, which includes replacing water lines and booster pump stations.
  • Hart County Water and Sewer Utility Authority (WSA) — $2 million to extend water lines to residents in the Bethany Church area in southwest Hart County.
  • Lumpkin County Water & Sewerage Authority (WSA) — $1 million to construct a new water supply well, rehabilitate an existing water storage tank, and construct 12-inch piping to connect the storage tank to the existing distribution system.
  • Twiggs County — $520,000 to construct a 300 gallon per minute (GPM) deep well, connect a 10,000 gallon hydropneumatic tank to the county’s existing water system, and make upgrades to the existing.

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