South Georgia city aims for $7.5M in wastewater improvements

February 1, 2020 GMT

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials in one south Georgia city are seeking $7.5 million to improve a wastewater treatment plant that’s been ordered to upgrade.

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports the facility needs structural work, plus upgrades to improve its capacity.

Officials say old concrete is at risk, meaning a heavy storm could create a failure. Plus, without any extra capacity, the city will have trouble accommodating new and expanding businesses.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division told the city on June 1 that it had three years to reach compliance. Plus, changes to environmental regulation of the Ochlockonee River could affect the plant’s operation.

The city is seeking a $5.7 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to pay for 80% of needed work. The city would be responsible for 20% of the cost, and is seeking to borrow that money from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

Thomasville has about 8,000 sewer customers, city utilities Director Chris White said, with about 3.5 million gallons of wastewater flowing daily to its plant. The plant would be able to treat 5 million gallons daily after improvements.