Forsyth water system plans make progress

Forsyth water system plans make progress

Community leaders say they're one step closer to starting on the new water system.
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Monroe County commissioners and the city council of Forsyth held a meeting hoping to make progress on the city and county’s plan to make a new water system.

The leaders say the plan will benefit the community while boosting the local economy.

"Forsyth had a 3 million gallon plant. During max day, they're at 2.5 million dollars a day, so we need more raw and finished water," says the City Engineer, Carl Hofstadter.

Hofstadter believes even after 20 years of planning and no progress made, the community is still in desperate need of the water system. He added today, local leaders were able to come together as a team, and start working toward the next step.

He says the citizens of the community will see significant change.

"This will give them fresh water all along Monroe County, and also add additional water to the city of Forsyth. So, it helps both entities-the county and the city."

During the meeting, members discussed two sources for the system-a plant in Juliette, Georgia, which would cost 3 to 6 million dollars. The Ocmulgee River would serve as the other source for a water system costing tax payers 8 to 15 million dollars in SPLOST funds.

Officials say the next step for the city and the county will be to present their plans to the Environmental Protection Division.

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