Vision 2013

Coweta Water and Sewerage extending sewer southward

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority is extending its sewer system to serve customers along the proposed Newnan Bypass extension and Hwy. 16 East near Interstate 85.

The under-construction sewer line will run close to the right-of-way of the proposed Bypass road, and will terminate where the Bypass comes into Hwy. 16, near East Gordon Road.The authority won't be running it all the way up to U.S. 29 South — at least not yet — but that extension would be fairly simple and property owners could certainly put in their own lines to connect to the sewer main.

The project got started in April 2012. Work has proceeded slowly over the winter because of the rainy weather, but it's still years ahead of the Bypass construction itself.

The new line ties into lines that terminate at Shenandoah Wastewater Treatment Plant on Poplar Road. The project cost was estimated at $600,000, with much of the work being done in-house by authority crews. The extension requires approximately 10,000 feet of sewer main and one lift station.

Getting sewer service on Coweta's south side has been a long talked-about economic development project.

When the project was originally announced in early 2012, letters were sent to property owners in the area and "we had a good bit of interest," said then-General Manager Ellis Cadenhead, who has since retired. "We've got a couple of property owners chomping at the bit."

All right-of-way and easements were donated.

Extension of the line to U.S. 29 would likely have to wait until the intersection improvements at Pine Road, U.S. 29 and Ga. Hwy. 16 are completed. The intersection improvements, as well as the four-laning of U.S. 29 from the interstate to Pine Road, are part of the Bypass extension project.

The authority may one day run the sewer line to serve the proposed schools site on Corinth Road near Bohannon Road.

In 2012, the authority was discussing a memorandum of understanding with the Coweta County School System for the project, which the school system would pay for.

However, the new middle school has been put on hold.

That project would have cost just over $1 million, and would have included six to eight miles of "force main" and two lift stations. Planning was very preliminary at the time the school system decided to delay the project.

The new sewer line for the Bypass comes on the heels of the sewering of the Thomas Crossroads area over the past few years.

In late 2009, a group of property owners who had purchased a development that was maxed out on its septic system approached the authority with an idea to pay for the running of a sewer line. The property owners, operating as PEG GPD Partners, were reimbursed when customers tied on and had to pay a premium fee for their sewage allocation. The PEG line allowed for an additional line to be run all the way to the Fischer Crossings area. At the time, an agreement was signed for a line to run along Hwy. 154 to I-85, but no work has ever moved forward on that project.

The authority will also be busy in 2013 with another sewer-related project, albeit a very different one.

The authority has received a Community Development Block Grant to upgrade and repair the aging sewer system in the East Newnan community. Engineering work is getting started on that project.



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