ATLANTA – Fifteen Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $49,961,418 for water, water supply, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

The communities include the cities of Blue Ridge, Byron, Cochran, Elberton, Fayetteville, Griffin, Maysville, Morgan, Richmond Hill, Statham, Thomaston, and Toccoa, and Fort Valley Utility Commission, Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority and Walker County.

Approved Loans:

  • Blue Ridge was awarded a $195,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan.
  • Byron was awarded a $4,000,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan.
  • Cochran was awarded a $1,500,000 CWSRF loan.
  • Elberton was awarded a $1,400,000 CWSRF loan.
  • Fayetteville was awarded a $1,465,000 CWSRF loan.
  • Griffin was awarded a $12,700,000 CWSRF loan and a $6,275,000 DWSRF loan.
  • Maysville was awarded a $1,350,000 DWSRF loan.
  • Morgan was awarded a $718,318 Georgia Fund loan.
  • Richmond Hill was awarded a 10,500,000 CWSRF loan.
  • Statham was awarded a $258,100 Georgia Fund loan.
  • Thomaston was awarded a $2,000,000 DWSRF loan.
  • Toccoa was awarded a $2,500,000 CWSRF loan.
  • Fort Valley Utility Commission was awarded an $1,800,000 CWSRF loan.
  • Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority was awarded a $2,500,000 DWSRF loan.
  • Walker County was awarded an $800,000 Georgia Fund loan.

Quotes:

“The water, sewer and wastewater infrastructure programs administered by GEFA assist local governments with improving their environmental infrastructure. Financing water, water supply, sewer and solid waste projects, as well as energy and water conservation projects, encourage economic growth and the stewardship of our environment.” – GEFA Executive Director Kevin Clark.

“I’d like to express my appreciation to Gov. Deal and to the members of the General Assembly for their support. The state’s commitment to helping cities and counties finance infrastructure projects contributes greatly to improving Georgia’s water resources.” – GEFA Executive Director Kevin Clark.

“GEFA financing for water, water supply and wastewater infrastructure helps communities in all areas of the state. The projects that we agreed to finance today demonstrate that GEFA is investing in communities that are willing to invest in themselves.” – Chairman of the GEFA Board of Directors and Mayor of Dallas Boyd L. Austin.

Project and Loan Details:

City of Blue Ridge

The $195,000 DWSRF loan will finance replacing approximately 30 water meters ranging in size from
1-inch to 1-foot with automatic meter reading water meters. This project will address aging meters that have resulted in inaccuracies, and eliminate the need for monthly meter readings. Blue Ridge will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $78,000, if all loan funds are drawn. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because it’s an eligible water conservation project.

City of Byron

The $4,000,000 CWSRF loan will finance the second phase of rehabilitating the city’s existing sewage collection system. The existing system experiences significant inflow and infiltration, resulting in increased flows during rainfall events five to six times the average daily flow. This work will result in cost and energy savings for the city by reducing the flows treated at the city’s wastewater treatment facility or transferred to the Macon Water Authority system for treatment. Byron will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan. This loan qualifies for an interest rate reduction because it’s an eligible energy conservation project, and includes principal forgiveness of up to $400,000, if all loan funds are drawn.

City of Cochran

The $1,500,000 CWSRF loan will finance rehabilitating existing sewer lines and manholes. Cochran will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $225,000, if all loan funds are drawn.

City of Elberton

The $1,400,000 CWSRF loan will finance renovations to the Fortson Creek and Falling Creek sewage treatment plants, including installing aeration controls, clarification equipment, and constructing a new digester. Elberton will pay 1.63 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $280,000, if all loan funds are drawn.

City of Fayetteville

The $1,465,000 CWSRF loan will finance rehabilitating existing stormwater infrastructure and drainage facilities. The project will restore functioning in portions of the city’s drainage infrastructure, reducing flooding threats in the city. Fayetteville will pay 2.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

City of Griffin

The $12,700,000 CWSRF loan will finance expanding the Potato Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant from 2 million gallons per day to 3 million gallons. The project includes constructing a new headworks facility, an advanced biological treatment system, influent and effluent meters, secondary clarifiers, an ultraviolet disinfection system, and installing aeration, filtration and aerobic digestion systems. Griffin will pay 1.71 percent interest on the 30-year loan. The city qualifies for a reduced interest rate as a Georgia Department of Community Affairs WaterFirst Community. The $6,275,000 DWSRF loan will finance replacing the city’s existing raw water intake and pump station on the Flint River. Griffin will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $500,000, if all loan funds are drawn.

City of Maysville

The $1,350,000 DWSRF loan will finance replacing approximately 15,000 linear feet of waterlines with
6-inch and 8-inch waterlines, create additional loops in the water system, and install 120 automatic meter reading water meters. Maysville will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $500,000, if all loan funds are drawn. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because it’s an eligible water conservation project.

City of Morgan

The $718,318 Georgia Fund loan will finance constructing an influent flow structure, dredge a treatment pond, install new baffle curtains, add concrete slope paving, and make effluent structure upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Morgan will pay 3.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

City of Richmond Hill

The $10,500,000 CWSRF loan will finance the final construction phase of the city’s new 4 million gallon per day Sterling Creek Water Reclamation Facility. The new facility will improve water quality in the Ogeechee River delta. Richmond Hill will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan. This loan qualifies for an interest rate reduction because it’s an eligible energy and water conservation project.

City of Statham

The $258,100 Georgia Fund loan will finance repairing the water plant’s filters, improving water quality and the plant’s operations. Statham will pay 1.52 percent interest on the 10-year loan.

City of Thomaston

The $2,000,000 DWSRF loan will finance replacing more than two miles of existing leaking water mains within the Southeast Silvertown Village. This project will also install new hydrants, valves, services lines, and meters. Thomaston will pay 1.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $500,000, if all loan funds are drawn. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because it’s an eligible water conservation project.

City of Toccoa

The $2,500,000 CWSRF loan will finance constructing approximately 15,000 linear feet of sewer mains and two sewage pump stations to serve the Veterans Parkway area. Toccoa will pay 0.50 percent interest on the five-year loan.

The Fort Valley Utility Commission

The $1,800,000 CWSRF loan will finance installing a new oxygenation system at the Lanter Water Reclamation Facility. This project will restore the facility’s effective capacity from 1.7 million gallons per day (MGD) back to 2.2 MGD, while keeping the plant effluent within applicable permit limits. The Fort Valley Utility Commission will pay 2.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $195,000, if all loan funds are drawn.

Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority

The $2,500,000 DWSRF loan will finance constructing a new 1.5 million gallon per day potable water treatment plant and appurtenances, including finished water storage, a high-service pump station, and connections to the existing water distribution system. Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority will pay 0.5 percent interest on the five-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness of up to $500,000, if all loan funds are drawn.

Walker County

The $800,000 Georgia Fund loan will finance a new construction and demolition cell at the county’s landfill. Walker County will pay 3.03 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

Additional Information:

The CWSRF, a federal loan program administered by GEFA, provides communities throughout Georgia with low-interest loans to fund wastewater infrastructure and water pollution control projects. Eligible projects include a variety of stormwater and wastewater collection and treatment projects. These projects conserve and improve water resources, and facilitate economic growth and development. Low-interest loans from this program are available up to $25 million.

The DWSRF, a federal loan program administered by GEFA, provides communities throughout Georgia with low-interest loans to fund water infrastructure projects that deliver safe, affordable drinking water. Eligible projects include a wide variety of public health or compliance related water supply projects. These projects conserve and improve water resources, and facilitate economic growth and development. Low-interest loans from this program are available up to $25 million.

The Georgia Fund, a state-funded program administered by GEFA, provides communities with low-interest loans for water, wastewater, water conservation and solid waste infrastructure projects. Eligible projects include water and sewer lines, treatment plants, pumping stations, wells, water storage tanks and water meters. These projects conserve and improve water resources, and facilitate economic growth and development. Low-interest loans from this program are available up to $3 million.

GEFA provides loan financing at a reduced interest rate to local governments and authorities for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and municipal solid waste facilities, in addition to infrastructure improvements. Eligible projects include, but aren’t limited to: landfill gas reclamation; solar photovoltaic and thin film solar geo-membrane covers; wind and biomass; variable frequency drives and energy efficiency measures; energy management systems and controls; biogas heat and power recovery systems; and infiltration and inflow projects that reduce pumping costs.