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4 things Forsyth County is doing to expand and secure water, sewer service
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Forsyth County commissioners recently discussed several ways in which it should work to expand sewer capacity in the growing county.

Commissioners voted at their Tuesday, Sept. 6, work session to approve the water and sewer department to apply for a grant, a memorandum of understanding with the Georgia Department of Transportation and some bids and task orders to expand water treatment facilities in the county.

All items were approved with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

Application for grant funding

Commissioners authorized county staff to apply for a grant provided by Gov. Brian Kemp’s Office of Planning and Budget for drinking water projects on a time-sensitive basis not to exceed $19 million with a 20% required match of approximately $3.8 million.

The grant, the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, is provided “for drinking water capacity to support increased population” in different Georgia counties, according to the Office of Planning and Budget.

Barry Lucas, director of water and sewer in Forsyth County, said the grant would “add seven [million gallons per day] of capacity to the [Forsyth County Water Treatment] plant to meet future water demands.”

Lucas said any recipients of the grant would have until Oct. 1, 2026, to complete project construction.

The Forsyth County Water Treatment facility is located at 2255 Antioch Road in Cumming.

A memorandum of understanding with GDOT

The Memorandum of Understanding is between GDOT and Forsyth County “to include water and sewer infrastructure relocations within the contract of the Roadway Improvements Plan for the Ga. 400 Express Lanes,” said Lucas.

Under this new agreement, Lucas said the “selected contractor would be responsible for funding the cost of any adjustment of utilities in the construction.”

Utilities included would be domestic water mains, distribution lines and associated equipment, and sanitary sewer facilities and/or storm drainage systems.

According to GDOT, the project will construct express lanes in Fulton and Forsyth counties from the MARTA North Springs Station to McFarland Parkway.

Sewer reservation agreement

Forsyth County will enter into an agreement with Marloy Inc. for 675 gallons per day of sewer capacity, purchasing the capacity from the city of Cumming.

Lucas said the request is for capacity in District 3 off Bethelview Road and Steeplechase Boulevard.

Facility expansions

Renovations are on the horizon for the Fowler Water Reclamation Facility as the water and sewer department enter phase two of expansion.

Commissioners approved a bid to Archer West Construction in the amount of $18,873,000 for pump station improvements, membranes, blowers, UV equipment and expanding the discharge into Big Creek.

According to Lucas, funding would be coming from the water and sewer capital budget.

A task order was also approved with ESG Engineering Inc. regarding construction management services and engineering during expansion over the next two years. This task order is not to exceed $1,175,590