Flowery Branch customers will see slightly higher water and sewer bills in November after the Flowery Branch City Council unanimously approved a 5% rate increase Thursday.
The city will be applying to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority for a $20.1 million loan to build a new sewer plant and $5.1 million for water improvements. The rate increase will help the city pay off the 20-year loans.
The new rates will go into effect Friday, Oct. 18.
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The new sewer plant would increase the city’s capacity to 1.8 million gallons per day. The current plant is permitted to treat 1 million gallons per day. According to a city report, the existing plant is expected to reach capacity within the next three years.
Flowery Branch has about 1,300 sewer customers, and with housing projects approved and under construction, at least 900 homes could be added in the next five years.
According to the city report, Flowery Branch’s current water demand is about 225,000 gallons a day, and demand is expected to more than double over the next decade.