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Braselton OKs water deal with Oakwood

POSTED: October 17, 2008 5:01 a.m.

BRASELTON — The Braselton Town Council voted unanimously Monday to give Oakwood 50,000 gallons of capacity from the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Oakwood, which doesn’t have a sewer or water plant, is working to secure nearly 4 million gallons of collective sewer capacity from Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Braselton by 2030 for anticipated development.

Braselton and Oakwood previously signed an agreement in November 2006 to give Oakwood 2.5 million gallons per day of Braselton sewer capacity.

"On the short-term they have a request for 50,000 gallons per day out of our next wastewater plant upgrade," said Jennifer Dees, Braselton town manager. She added that Oakwood requested that the capacity be provided by 2010.

In 2007, Braselton voted to upgrade its facility, the Braselton Water Reclamation Facility, by December 2009 so that it could treat 2.54 million gallons per day instead of the current 1.27 million. The town also plans to expand the plant to 6 million by 2011.

Dees said Oakwood will pay $3,550 for every 300 gallons treated per day as well as a proportional share of any plant upgrades that are required. Oakwood will own, build and operate its infrastructure until it connects to the Braselton site.

Times reporter Jeff Gill contributed to this report.



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