Tuesday night, the Milledgeville City Council approved an agreement for an engineering company to begin designing a new water treatment plant for the city.
This comes after several water main breaks caused some Milledgeville residents to boil their household water at least 4 separate times in the last year.
Milledgeville Mayor Gary Thrower says this has been an ongoing issue, and Tuesday night, the city council finally took a step towards a potential solution.
"The city has had a long-standing history with this particular engineering firm and they've given us a lot of guidance and advice throughout the years," says Thrower.
Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood presented City Council members with a plan to design a brand new water plant for Milledgeville that would cost upwards of $25 million.
According to Thrower, that's less than it would cost to repair the current water treatment system.
"This is a major $26 million contract, but all we agreed to this morning, I mean, this afternoon was a design phase, and it's about a $35 thousand issue where they will take 3 or 4 months to bring the team in, take a good look at what we've got, what our critical needs are, and start off slow," says Thrower.
According to Thrower, it could take up to 4 years to complete the actual water treatment plant.
And GMC says Milledgeville could earn millions from the investment.
- Electrical savings from plant upgrades - $110,000/year
- Operation savings from having one (1) plant - $230,000/year
- Savings on capital investment plan = +/- $10 million
But who is paying for the new plant? WMAZ asked if it would be funded by taxpayer dollars, this was Thrower's response:
"It's being funded by several avenues, and we have not identified all of them right now, but there's grant money, there's interest loans, we do have savings, and we should expect to see some funds from not only previous SPLOST, but also the current SPLOST."
According to the tentative plan presented by GMC, actual construction of the water treatment plant would not start until February of 2019.