City moves ahead with plans for water tower near Ga. 400
Project could cost more than $5 million

In the future, drivers could see a new sight along Ga. 400.

At a special called meeting this week, the Cumming City Council voted 5-0 to move ahead with advertising for bids for a new 2 million-gallon water tank for the city’s utilities department. 

The tank is proposed for the area of a detention pond at the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s Cumming Park-and-Ride on Deputy Bill Cantrell Memorial Road.

“This is a very large project that we’ve anticipated for several years now,” said Cumming Utilities Director Jon Heard. 

The tank will be used to increase the city’s 3.8 million gallons of “elevated storage” to nearly 6 million and aims to provide service to high-demand areas, including Northside Hospital Forsyth and Market Place Boulevard. 

“We located the tank to an area where we have a lot of customers in general,” Heard said.

The estimated cost of constriction is a little over $5 million

“This is just one component of a larger-scale improvement project for the whole water system,” Heard said.

Heard said a “side benefit” is the tank would likely have some sort of advertising for the city.

“The [tank] could say, ‘Welcome to Cumming’ or we could put [the logo of] Cumming Utilities,” he said. “[There are] a plethora of things you can do on that tank, and people can see it. It will almost be like a gateway to Cumming.”