Grovetown officials agreed at a recent city council meeting to move forward with improvements to the city's water system.
The improvements will increase the city's storage capacity and officials hope it will eliminate water shortages through the high-use summer months beginning in 2010.
The first phase already is under construction and includes extending water lines along Wrightsboro Road to Euchee Creek subdivision, said Mike Woods, Public Works director.
City council members voted to move forward with the design and funding applications for the $3.6 million second phase of the project.
"You are well into the future as far as lot count with this improvement," City Engineer John McClellan, of G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers, told the council, referring to the 1,250 undeveloped lots serviced by the city's water system. "(The project will meet) your current demand, what your current needs are for fire and ... it also takes into account a two-year build-out of your lots."
The project calls for a 750,000-gallon water storage tank to replace the 250,000-gallon tank behind the Grovetown post office.
The current main water line along Robinson Avenue will be upgraded to a 12-inch line that will run up Williams Street to Georgia Iron Works and along Robinson Avenue to Summerfield. The project also includes booster pump station upgrades.
The new tank and its increased capacity will meet demands for new developments along Harlem-Grovetown Road.
Funding for the project will come from the 2006-10 and 2011-16 one-cent sales tax in addition to money from the city's Extension and Renewal fund.
Officials plan to request bids for the project in September and begin construction in November, Woods said.
A third phase, which is well into the future, is planned to include construction of a water tank on Parham Road and extending water lines along Parham, Harlem-Grovetown and Newmantown roads.
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