Georgia communities receive infrastructure loans totaling $84.7 million

August 21, 2018

Twenty-one Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $84,713,000 for water, wastewater, and sewer infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

Approved loans:

  • Atlanta awarded a $25,000,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan
  • Bainbridge awarded a $1,055,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan
  • Blairsville awarded a $800,000 CWSRF loan
  • Blue Ridge awarded a $387,000 DWSRF loa
  • Cairo awarded a $2,500,000 DWSRF loan
  • Cave Spring awarded a $1,281,000 CWSRF loan
  • Cedartown awarded a $3,000,000 CWSRF loan
  • Colquitt awarded a $540,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • Dallas awarded a $11,680,000 CWSRF loan
  • Douglas awarded a $2,000,000 CWSRF loan
  • Ellijay-Gilmer County WSA awarded a $1,917,000 DWSRF loan
  • Fort Valley Utility Commission awarded a $1,700,000 CWSRF and a $700,000 DWSRF loan
  • Georgetown-Quitman County awarded a $319,000 CWSRF and a $323,000 DWSRF loan
  • Kingsland awarded a $2,000,000 CWSRF loan
  • LaFayette awarded a $1,250,000 CWSRF loan
  • Millen awarded a $456,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • Mount Zion awarded a $2,000,000 DWSRF loan
  • Newton County awarded a $23,289,000 DWSRF loan
  • Poulan awarded a $318,000 DWSRF conservation loan
  • Thomaston awarded a $2,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan
  • Waco awarded a $198,000 CWSRF 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 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 White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner.

Project and loan details:

City of Atlanta

The $25,000,000 DWSRF loan will finance the construction of a new 90 million-gallon-per-day pump station and a 60-inch main from the Chattahoochee Water Treatment Plant to the tunnel system at the Chattahoochee Tunnel Shaft. The city is planning to use the former Bellwood Quarry as drinking water storage, which will provide a 30-day supply for the city. This project will provide the infrastructure needed to transmit the water to the water treatment plant and storage system. The city will pay 2.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan.

City of Bainbridge

The $1,055,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the installation of new gravity sewer lines and the rehabilitation of five pump stations. The sewer collection system is experiencing inflow and infiltration during significant rain events. The project will address the city’s aging infrastructure and help the treatment plant to operate more efficiently. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate. The city is eligible for principal forgiveness up to $211,000.  

City of Blairsville

The $800,000 CWSRF loan will finance the installation of a grit removal system at the headworks of the wastewater treatment facility. This will reduce operation and maintenance costs while improving wastewater treatment. The city will pay 1.06 percent interest on the 10-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness up to $160,000.

City of Blue Ridge

The $387,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance replacing manual-read water meters with an automatic meter reading (AMR) system and installing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The project will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and lower operation and maintenance costs. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate. The city is eligible for principal forgiveness up to $77,400.

City of Cairo

The $2,500,000 DWSRF will finance the rehabilitation of one of the city’s water treatment plants. The project will install an arsenic removal system, three high-service pumps, and a chemical feed building. It will also upgrade deep wells and demolish the existing pump building. The improvements will ensure system redundancy and improve water quality. The city will pay 1.06 percent interest on the 10-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness up to $500,000.

City of Cave Spring

The $1,281,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the rehabilitation of the city’s sewer system. Due to inflow and infiltration of the sewer mains during significant rain events, the wastewater treatment plant cannot meet treatment requirements. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate. The city is eligible for principal forgiveness up to $256,200.

City of Cedartown   

The $3,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the replacement of two lift stations and the rotary screens at the wastewater treatment plant. The project also includes sliplining a 10-inch gravity sewer line, which will reduce inflow and infiltration of during significant rain events. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.

City of Colquitt

The $540,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the installation of sewer mains. The sewer collection system is experiencing significant inflow and infiltration. The project will address the city’s aging infrastructure and reduce wastewater spills. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate. The city is eligible for principal forgiveness up to $108,000.

City of Dallas

The $11,680,000 CWSRF loan will help finance upgrading the Pumpkinvine water pollution control plant from 1.5 million-gallons-per- day (MGD) to 3 MGD. This project will double the capacity of the plant to meet the projected demand and provide a reserve capacity of 9 percent for additional growth. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which is eligible for a reduced interest rate because the city is a WaterFirst Community.

City of Douglas

The $2,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the rehabilitation of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. This project will restore equipment and improve efficiency of the treatment process. The city will pay 0.67 percent interest on the 5-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is a conservation activity, and includes principal forgiveness up to $500,000. 

Ellijay-Gilmer County Water Sewer Authority 

The $1,917,000 DWSRF loan will finance the rehabilitation of a water storage tank, the construction of a new water storage tank, and the upgrading of a pump station. This project will allow the authority to meet service area demand, increase the capacity and extend the service life of the booster pump station, and bring the existing storage tank to current standards. The county will pay 2.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness up to $383,400.

Fort Valley Utility Commission

The $1,700,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance the replacement of 2,000 linear feet of failing sewer mains and a new lift station, which are necessary to provide services to the new Warner Robins Welcome Center. The city will pay 1.94 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is a conservation activity.

The $700,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance the installation of water mains and a booster pump station. This project will provide redundancy to Fort Valley State University and extend water service to the new Warner Robins Welcome Center. The city will pay 1.32 percent interest on the 15-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is a conservation activity.

Georgetown-Quitman County

The $319,000 CWSRF loan will finance the installation of a pond liner, air relief valves, and a generator. The county’s wastewater treatment pond is in need of upgrades to prevent possible groundwater contamination. An emergency power supply is needed at the pump station to prevent sewer spills in the event of a power outage. Georgetown-Quitman County will pay 2.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes up to $63,800 in principal forgiveness.

The $323,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance the rehabilitation of an elevated water tank, the installation of a booster pump station and pressure reducing valves, and the replacement of water mains. The project will also connect the city and county water systems. Georgetown-Quitman County will pay 1.84 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes up to $64,600 in principal forgiveness. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is a conservation activity.

City of Kingsland

The $2,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan will help finance the rehabilitation of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The project will restore equipment and improve the efficiency of the treatment process. The city will pay 0.62 percent interest on the 5-year loan. The loan qualifies for a reduced interest rate because a portion of the project is a conservation activity, and includes principal forgiveness up to $500,000.

City of LaFayette

The $1,250,000 CWSRF conservation loan will finance replacing a segment of the Spring Creek interceptor and manholes. This project will significantly reduce inflow and infiltration, improve sewer system efficiency, and increase capacity to meet current and future sewer demands. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.

City of Millen

The $465,000 CWSRF loan will finance the replacement of sewer mains. The city’s sewerage system does not have the capacity to serve a new K-12 school that is under construction. This project will increase the sewer main size to meet future demand. The city will pay 1.63 percent interest on the 15-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness up to $92,000.

City of Mount Zion

The $2,000,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance replacing leaking water mains throughout the water distribution system. Mount Zion has experienced water main leaks in several areas of the city in the last 10 years. This project will reduce the loss of treated water and the number of service calls. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate, and is eligible for principal forgiveness up to $400,000.  

Newton County 

The $23,289,000 DWSRF loan will finance the rehabilitation of the Alcovy River pump stations, Lake Varner intake, Cornish Creek water treatment plant (WTP), and the Williams Street WTP. The upgrades will increase the county’s raw water pumping and treatment capacity to the permitted level. The county will pay 1.25 percent on the 20-year loan, which is eligible for a reduced interest rate because the county is a WaterFirst community.

City of Poulan 

The $318,000 DWSRF conservation loan will finance the replacement of manual read water meters with an automatic meter reading (AMR) system. The project will also rehabilitate an existing well. The new meters will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and reduce operation and maintenance costs. The city will pay 1.25 percent on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project

City of Thomaston

The $2,000,000 CWSRF conservation loan will help finance the rehabilitation of two lift stations and the rehabilitation and replacement of sewer lines and manholes. This project will restore equipment, improve efficiency, increase flow capacity, and bring the sewer system into compliance with regulatory standards. The city will pay 1.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate. The city is eligible for principal forgiveness up to $500,000.

City of Waco

The $198,000 CWSRF loan will help finance replacing pond liners in the treatment lagoons at the water pollution control plant and replace one monitoring well at the land application site. This project will prevent wastewater from infiltrating the ground and will protect the pond berms from erosion and breach. The city will pay 2.25 percent interest on the 20-year loan, which includes principal forgiveness up to $39,600

Other board actions:

Dade County Water and Sewer Authority:

The GEFA board approved the removal of special conditions on a $1,000,000 Georgia Fund loan originally approved in May 2010.

Eatonton-Putnam Water and Sewer Authority

The GEFA board awarded a $1,500,000 increase to a $2,500,000 CWSRF loan originally approved in May 2017.

Emanuel County Development Authority

The GEFA board approved a revised project description to a Georgia Fund loan originally approved in May 2017 for $920,000. In addition to financing the construction of an elevated storage tank, a well pump, and the connection of water lines, the project will include water and sewer at the Highway 297 Industrial Park.

City of Hogansville

The GEFA board awarded a $2,025,000 increase to a $2,581,000 Georgia Fund loan originally approved in January 2017.

Downtown Development Authority of Madison

The GEFA board awarded a $450,000 increase to a $1,680,000 CWSRF loan originally approved in May 2016.

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners

The GEFA board awarded a $4,320,000 increase to a $22,680,000 CWSRF loan originally approved in November 2017.

City of Sandersville

A $6,414,000 CWSRF loan will provide interim financing for wastewater and sewer system infrastructure. The project includes improvements to the water pollution control plant, rehabilitation of sewers, and the construction of sewer forcemain to serve new customers. The city will pay 0.62 percent interest on the 5-year interim loan.

A $3,458,000 DWSRF loan will provide interim financing to help finance the construction of a water treatment plant and the installation of new water lines. This project will ensure that the city has a reliable source of water and installing water lines will expand the city’s service area. The city will pay 0.73 percent on the 5-year interim loan.

City of Tallapoosa

The GEFA board awarded a $320,000 increase to a $3,225,000 CWSRF loan. The loan was originally approved in November 2013 for $3,100,000. It received an increase of $125,000 in January 2015.