Sewer line project for EC school nears completion

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The work to provide sewer service to East Coweta High School and Poplar Road Elementary School is in the home stretch.

The sewer line should be active 'in the next couple of weeks,' said Rusty Russell, project manager, at Wednesday's monthly Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority meeting.


Crews are planning to start


one of the two lift stations this week. That was originally set for last week but was delayed by the snowstorm and cold weather.


The school system still will have to connect to the sewer lines.


And as soon as the line is active, Russell said he will start talking to the business owners along the line who have indicated an interest in tapping into the sewer system.


Authority member Mary Ann Sullivan asked if the authority would be able to serve residential customers along the line.


'No ma'am,' said Russell.


'I was just hoping,' said Sullivan.


Coweta County ordinances prohibit public sewer service for residential development in almost all cases.


Russell said the other major sewer project, the rehabilitation of the system in East Newnan, is moving along well. There are 91 manholes that need work, and 56 are completed, Russell said.


The contractor, Ronny D. Jones, has also begun 'pipe bursting.'


With pipe bursting, a cable is pulled through old pipes and demolishes them, while at the same time laying a new line. 'That way, you don't have to do a lot of digging in people's yards,' Russell said.


In other meeting business:


• The new cell phone tower on authority property at the B.T. Brown Water Treatment Plant in north Coweta is now up and running, and the authority is getting monthly revenue. • Chairman Neal Shepard expressed concerns about possible silting problems at the B.T. Brown Reservoir. Recently, he happened to fly over the lake after a heavy rain and 'half the lake was red.' • The authority's average water sales have been down this year because of all the rain. The authority's current average daily use is 5.5 million gallons per day, and the system's maximum daily demand has been 10.5 million gallons per day (MGD).


The authority is currently required to buy three MGD from the city of Griffin and four MGD from Newnan Utilities. In the rare cases that demand goes over seven MGD, the B.T. Brown Water Treatment Plant makes up the difference.


CEO Jay Boren said that, while the plant is operated every week to keep things running smoothly, it has been 18 months since there was significant production at the water plant.





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