The City of Metter has been awarded a $1,130,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority board of directors.
The loan will finance rehabilitating the city’s sewer main. The project will ensure structural integrity of the pipes, reduce sewage overflows, and address environmental health concerns.
“We will be using this money for Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation of approximately 7,500 LF of existing Sanitary Sewer line,” said City Public Works Director Cliff Hendrix. The work that is being done “is part of our Master Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Plan that we developed in 2012 and have been working on over the years,” he added.
“This will be done throughout different areas of the city. We still have some existing sewer lines in the ground that have been there since 1948 that will be rehabilitated as part of this project,” Hendrix said.
The city will pay 0.86% interest on the 30-year loan. The loan will finance a conservation project, which qualifies for a reduced interest rate.
The CWSRF provides low-interest loans for wastewater and water pollution control infrastructure. These projects conserve and improve water resources and facilitate economic development.
The program is jointly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Georgia.
GEFA offers a reduced interest rate for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at water and wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and municipal solid waste facilities; water conservation projects in the areas of water loss and end-use water efficiency; and nonpoint source pollution control projects.