Georgia communities receive infrastructure loans totaling $79 million

November 9, 2017

Loan commitments include energy, land, and water conservation projects

Seventeen Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $79,183,000 for water, wastewater, and sewer infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

Approved loans:

  • Athens-Clarke County awarded a $500,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • Blue Ridge awarded a $900,000 CWSRF conservation loan and a $250,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) conservation loan
  • Bryan County Board of Commissioners awarded a $2,900,000 Georgia Fund conservation loan
  • Chickamauga awarded a $400,000 DWSRF loan
  • Hahira awarded a $737,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • Kingsland awarded a $1,500,000 DWSRF conservation loan
  • Lyons awarded a $14,800,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • Monticello awarded a $3,336,000 DWSRF loan
  • Perry awarded a $7,800,000 DWSRF loan
  • Pickens County awarded a $1,413,000 DWSRF loan
  • Polk County awarded a $7,400,000 DWSRF loan
  • Quitman awarded a $1,467,000 DWSRF conservation loan
  • Rockdale County Board of Commissioners awarded a $22,680,000 CWSRF loan
  • Roswell awarded a $3,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • St. Marys awarded a $500,000 DWSRF loan
  • Valdosta awarded a $8,000,000 Georgia Fund loan
  • Whitfield County awarded a $1,600,000 CWSRF conservation loan

Quotes:

“GEFA loans help local governments improve their environmental infrastructure. Financing water, wastewater, solid waste, and energy, land, and water conservation projects encourages economic growth and the stewardship of our environment.” – GEFA Executive Director Kevin Clark.

“I’d like to thank Gov. Deal, the Georgia Congressional delegation, and 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.

“Low-interest financing from GEFA helps communities throughout the state. The projects financed 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:

Athens-Clarke County

The $500,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance purchasing the Matthew’s Motors tract of land—19.78 acres of land along the Atlanta Highway and the Middle Oconee River—for conservation and public recreation. Athens-Clarke County will pay 0.50 percent interest on the 10-year loan. The loan will finance a land conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate, and includes a principal forgiveness up to $125,000 if all funds are drawn.

Blue Ridge

The $900,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the rehabilitation of a lift station and the replacement of an undersized sewer main and pumps. This project will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and reduce operation and maintenance costs. The city will pay 0.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance an energy conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate, and includes principal forgiveness up to $225,000 if all funds are drawn.

The $250,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance the installation of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system that will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and reduce operation and maintenance costs. The city will pay 0.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a water conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate, and includes principal forgiveness up to $49,970, if all funds are drawn.  

Bryan County Board of Commissioners

The $2,900,000 Georgia Fund conservation loan will finance the expansion of the Interstate Centre wastewater treatment facility and land application system (LAS), the purchase of 23 acres of land, the construction of a new pump station, the installation of sanitary sewer and force main, and the purchase of an existing water well from the city of Savannah. The project will address the need for additional drinking water and wastewater treatment capacity at the industrial park due to increasing development in the area. The county will pay 2.19 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is an energy conservation activity.

City of Chickamauga

The $400,000 DWSRF loan will finance construction of a new well and chemical feed building, the rehabilitation of the existing water tank, and the installation of a new water main. This project will create a secondary water source for the city and ensure a safe supply of water. The city will pay 1.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

City of Hahira

The $737,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance rehabilitating the wastewater treatment plant and installing an influent pump station, wet well, valve vault, and force main. This project will improve flow in sewer treatment system and reduce sanitary sewer overflow. The city will pay 1.65 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is an energy conservation activity.

City of Kingsland

The $1,500,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance replacing water meters with an automatic meter reading (AMR) system, installing a clearwell at the water treatment plant, and demolishing an existing public works building. The project will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and provide additional ground storage to address demand within the system. The city will pay 0.50 percent interest on the 5-year loan. The loan will finance a water conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate, and includes principal forgiveness up to $300,000, if all funds are drawn.  

City of Lyons    

The $14,800,000 CWSRF conservation loan will help finance the expansion of the city’s north wastewater treatment plant. This project will provide additional capacity at the plant while keeping effluent within applicable permit limits. The city will pay 2.62 percent interest on the 30-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is an energy conservation activity, and includes principal forgiveness up to $500,000 if all funds are drawn.

City of Monticello

The $3,336,000 DWSRF loan will help finance the purchase of 705 acres of land containing six groundwater wells. This project will address the city’s need for increased drinking water capacity by alleviating shortages during droughts. The city will pay 1.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

City of Perry

The $7,800,000 DWSRF loan will finance the construction of a new water treatment plant and two new wells. The old water treatment plant will be decommissioned and two old wells will be abandoned. The city will pay 1.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

Pickens County

The $1,413,000 DWSRF loan will finance the installation of water distribution lines to provide drinking water to serve the Grandview Lake residents, the Salvation Army camp, and residents in unincorporated Pickens County. The city will pay 1.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

Polk County Water Sewage and Solid Waste Authority

The $7,400,000 DWSRF loan will finance the construction of a 2 million gallon-per-day water treatment plant. This project will address the issue of high turbidity in the Mulco and Ammons Springs by properly treating the water prior to it entering the distribution system. The authority will pay 1.89 percent on the 20-year loan.

City of Quitman

The $1,467,000 DWSRF conservation loan will install an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system and rehabilitate a well and well house. This project will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and reduce operation and maintenance costs. The city will pay 0.92 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is a water conservation activity and includes principal forgiveness up to $293,307, if all funds are drawn.  

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners

The $22,680,000 CWSRF loan will finance the construction of a new 3 million gallon-per-day water pollution control plant. The project will address the county’s aging infrastructure by decommissioning three water pollution control plants. The county will pay 1.89 percent interest on the 20-year loan. 

City of Roswell

The $3,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the purchase of the Seven Branches Property, which consists of the Hawthorne tract and the Shirley tract. The 28.5 acres of undeveloped land will be conserved permanently and will connect existing parks and trails for passive recreation. The city will pay 0.50 percent interest on the 10-year loan. The loan will finance a land conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.

City of St. Marys

The $500,000 DWSRF loan will finance renovating three ground level clearwells at the water treatment plants on Dandy Street, Douglas Drive, and Colerain Road. The city will pay 1.40 percent interest on the 15-year loan.

City of Valdosta

The $8,000,000 Georgia Fund loan will finance the installation of water and sewer services to annexed areas of the city. The city will pay 2.39 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

Whitfield County

The $1,600,000 CWSRF conservation loan will help finance the installation of a force main and a new lift station with larger, more efficient pumps. This project will extend sewer service to the Carbondale Industrial Park to aid in economic development. The city will pay 0.70 percent interest on the 10-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is an energy conservation activity.

Other board actions:

Governor’s Water Supply Program

The GEFA board adopted a resolution adding the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) agricultural metering project as an eligible project for state direct investment through the Governor’s Water Supply Program. EPD plans to provide meters to certain agricultural producers to obtain data on water use from rivers and tributaries in South Georgia.

City of Hinesville

The GEFA board awarded $102,250 in principal forgiveness to a $409,000 CWSRF loan originally approved in August 2017.

City of Ila

The GEFA board approved the removal of special conditions on a $800,000 DWSRF loan originally approved in November 2009.

City of Thomasville

The GEFA board awarded a $360,000 increase to a $1,500,000 CWSRF loan originally approved in May 2017.

City of Walnut Grove

The GEFA board approved a restructure on a $850,000 Georgia Fund loan originally approved in March 2014.

Additional information:

The CWSRF, a federal loan program administered by GEFA, provides communities with low-interest loans to fund wastewater infrastructure and water pollution control projects. The program is jointly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Georgia. 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 are available up to $25 million.

The DWSRF, a federal loan program administered by GEFA, provides communities with low-interest loans to fund water infrastructure projects that deliver safe, affordable drinking water. The program is jointly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Georgia. Eligible projects include a 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 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 are available up to $3 million.

GEFA provides loan financing at a reduced interest rate for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and municipal solid waste facilities; water conservation projects in the areas of water loss and end-use water efficiency; and land conservation projects, including fee title and conservation easement purchases.