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Coweta Water and Sewer Partners with Luthersville for Sewer Services

The City of Luthersville hopes to begin providing sewerage services with the help of the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority.

If Luthersville can discharge its sewage into Coweta’s system, authorities will treat it.

The Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority has approved an intergovernmental agreement with Luthersville to treat sewage. Details of the project will be determined after the engineering study is completed.

“They have to get the engineering data back to us before we can move on to the next step,” said Jay Bollen, chief executive of the Authority. This tells them that if they spend their money on engineering, they have a deal with us. ”

Currently, homes and businesses in Ruthersville are equipped with septic tanks, Mayor Donald Carty said. The city is working with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority on the septic tank to sewer project.

“We’re still a few years away from having the system, but we can at least start the process now,” he said.

GEFA has approved a $4.5 million grant from the city. The total cost of the project, including connecting homes and businesses to the sewer, is estimated at $9-10 million, Cuttie said. It is hoped that GEFA grants will be augmented by community development block grants and low-interest loans.

One reason for the change, Cuttie said, is that GEFA and others have been emphasizing a shift away from septic tanks to sewer service. The second is to encourage economic development.

“Right now, the cost of opening a restaurant is prohibitive,” Carty said. “Septic tank requirement is a hurdle” for businesses that may want to come to Luthersville.

The plan, Carty said, is to sew the entire city in stages.

He said the city has looked at several options for providing sewer service. Luthersville could build its own small sewer plant, but there isn’t really a place in the city to discharge treated water.

Meriwether County has a contractual agreement with the City of Hogansville, which provides the county with sewer capacity primarily for use by companies within the Meriwether Park Industrial Park, but the remaining capacity will be reserved for future industrial development.

Using the Coweta system is an advantage because the system already exists and the Coweta system extends to the Bridgeport Industrial Park on US 29 South.

Lines from Luthersville may connect to Bridgeport’s system along US 27 Alt/US 29.

Cities don’t need a lot of capacity; daily gallon requirements will be determined by engineering studies.

According to Bollen, one concern for the water and sewerage sector is that the installed pipes are too small and will have to be replaced in the future.

Bollen said having enough capacity to handle Ludersville’s sewers wasn’t a problem. Authorities currently have capacity at the Shenandoah Wastewater Treatment Plant and plan to upgrade the plant to increase capacity.

The city recently released qualification requirements for engineering firms to advance the next steps in the project. RFQ responses are due April 1.

“We’re already on the move,” Carty said. “We’re excited about it.”

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