The bidding process is set to begin for a $2.2 million project that will add more volume to Flowery Branch’s water treatment plant.
The project will divert wastewater from the Cinnamon Cove condominium complex, on Gaines Ferry Road, to the Flowery Branch treatment plant on Atlanta Highway.
“We own that (Cinnamon Cove) plant now,” said Bill Andrew, city manager. “The phosphorus associated with that plant is now under control of the city of Flowery Branch. But because obviously the water goes into Lake Lanier at Cinnamon Cove, that phosphorus goes with that discharge into the lake.
“The point of the lift stations and the lines and all of this is to move that water into our plant, thus eliminating the Cinnamon Cove discharge so that phosphorus load will be loaded into our plant. That will allow us to enlarge our discharge into Lake Lanier.”
Partially funded by a loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the line’s projected path would flow from the Cinnamon Cove condominiums down Gaines Ferry Road, then up to the wastewater treatment plant on Atlanta Highway. It would also go up to a certain point on McEver Road.
Awarded to the city in January, the $1.5 million GEFA loan is given through the Clean Water State Revolving fund, a federally funded loan program for wastewater infrastructure and pollution prevention projects, according to the GEFA website.
It’s a 20-year loan with a 1.4 percent interest rate.
The estimated project cost is $2.3 million; along with the loan, around $700,000 would come from special purpose local option sales tax funds. The remaining $95,225 would come from the city’s water and sewer fund.
City Finance Director Jeremy Perry said he expects the project to begin in January, with an estimated completion date set for June 2017.
“We would try to do a bid opening in October or November,” Perry said. “A bid notice would be (in) November or December, and then a notice to proceed with construction would be in December.”
Council members unanimously approved the loan during Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.