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Open house set for south Forsyth water plant
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SOUTH FORSYTH -- A new water reclamation facility will open soon in south Forsyth, and officials have invited the community to an open house.

Residents are encouraged to see the new Shakerag Water Reclamation Facility, located at 545 Kemp Road, from 3-6 p.m. Friday. It will be the county’s seventh such facility.

“The Shakerag Water Reclamation Facility is a state-of-the-art plant, and we invite citizens to come tour it during the open house to see the technology that goes into treating wastewater to a very high standard,” said Tim Perry, the county’s director of water and sewer.

Funding from the project, which cost about $38.5 million, came from sewer tap fees.

“The Shakerag facility is unique in that it is the first of the county’s plants that is returning water to the Chattahoochee River,” Perkins said.

“Forsyth County has always been a believer that the best stewardship of water is to treat it to a high standard which is safe to the environment and return it to the river for the benefit of downstream users.”

The property was selected in the 1993 sewerage system master plan and purchased in 1996.

“This project has been in the works since the early 1990s, so it is a great example of long-range planning by the county to prepare for future needs,” Perkins said. “Over the years, a lot of people have played a role in this facility and we appreciate all of their efforts — the new plant would not be possible without them.”