Middle, Southwest Georgia get water infrastructure grants
Published 4:48 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In partnership with the federal government, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) has awarded loans totaling $18.9 million to three communities in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District. These federally-supported loans will finance infrastructure improvements for water, sewer, and filtration systems throughout the region.
Among the grants are two in neighboring Schley County:
• The City of Ellaville was awarded a $501,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan for the replacement of water meters with an automatic meter reading (AMR) system. This will reduce water loss, enhance system reliability, and lower operation and maintenance costs.
• Schley County Utilities Authority was also awarded a $406,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan for the installation of a filtration system at the Goolsby-Stevens Road well. This will improve overall water quality for the Schley County community.
In a partnership between the EPA and Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund combine federal funding with state and local support for projects that support health-related water supply and water conservation projects, water quality improvements, conservation.
Congress established the Clean Water State Revolving Fund in 1987, and it has provided over $65 billion in assistance for water infrastructure projects since its establishment. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund was established by Congress in 1996. Congress has appropriated the program approximately $20 billion since its establishment, supporting over 12,400 projects.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority has funded more than 1,600 projects and provided more than $3.7 billion in loans for water, solid waste, and sewer improvements since 1985. For the full list of communities awarded infrastructure loans, click here. For more information on available loans and how to apply, visit GEFA’s website.