Back in 2013 and 2014, Lowndes County spent at least $35,500
to “fix” the Lake Alapaha Water Treatment Plant,
which had been getting notices of violation from GA-EPD since 2004.
In 2018 the county spent another $16,915 to upgrade a water line for a private developer there.
These are just the costs we know about.
Back in 2013 Commissioner Demarcus Marshall asked, “The water is good now, right?”
Well, apparently the water is not good, because here we are again, with
$173,000 to fix the same plant.
I have sent the county an open records request to get the two proposals
and the corrective action plan by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)
and related correspondence.
At least this time the county did not do yet another no-bid contract to the same
engineering firm that did not fix it seven years ago.
Maybe this contractor can finally fix this seventeen-year problem.
But that won’t fix the county’s chronic problem of assuming responsibility
for private water wells for subdivisions.
Remember Lake Alapaha when you see the three rezonings
on the agenda for voting Tuesday evening
listed as having no “BUDGET IMPACT”,
the same as every rezoning before them.
Every subdivision affects the county’s budget, for water and sewer,
or for roads, or for sending fire or Sheriff vehicles, or the school system’s
budget for school busses,
not to mention likely increases in flooding due to impervious surfaces.
Yet Lowndes County never seems to mention any of that when considering a rezoning.
Alapaha Plantation Water Treatment Pilot Study
This is the kind of extra expense Valdosta avoided
by sinking its water wells at Guest Road twice as deep after Withlacoochee River water was discovered reaching them from Shadrick Sink, on the other side of the Withlacoochee River,
and the other side of what is now the Cherry Creek Mitigation Bank,
recently sold to Uvalde Land Company, which
wants to deannex half of it from Valdosta.
The Alapaha Water Treatment Plant is
6328 Lake Alapaha Boulevard, Naylor, GA.
east of Naylor on US 84, right into Lake Alapaha Hidden Cove subdivision, then on the right.
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