June 23, 2021

HCWA issues update on Steve Lipford Water Treatment Plant

(Franklin, Ga) — The Heard County Water Authority has begun construction on a significant rehabilitation and upgrade project at the Steve Lipford Water Treatment Plant.

The original 1 Million Gallon per day (MGD) plant was completed in March of 1988 and later expanded to a 3 MGD plant in October of 1993.

The HCWA Board and Staff recognized action must be taken to prevent continued deterioration of the existing equipment and processes; otherwise, the public health and economic impacts would be devasting.

The current project, now under construction, will upgrade the treatment plant capacity to 4 MGD and rehab or replace all process equipment, lab equipment, electrical systems, structural systems, and mechanical systems.

While this project requires a much greater investment of time and money, the Authority recognizes the need to increase water treatment capacity to prepare for the future of Heard County residents and businesses.

Projected cost of this project is $7.3 million, and it should be completed by the end of summer in 2022.

(Submitted by HCWA Executive Director Laurie Cook)

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