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Fayette County mulls water rate hike to pay for cleaner water

Facing a critical $9.3 million project to improve both of Fayette County’s water treatment plants, county officials are beginning to look at a potential rate increase for water system customers.

The county system supplies water to all of Peachtree City and Tyrone as well as county residents outside the cities. Fayetteville has its own water system.

The potential rate increase discussion is in the preliminary stages at this point, as staff will present several different funding options to the Fayette County Commission at a future date, according to County Manager Jack Krakeel.

The improvements are necessary to meet new federal clean water standards that will take effect next year, Krakeel said. The work is aimed at improving the removal of total organic carbon (TOC) from raw water that enters the water treatment plants, Krakeel said.

Last year the county once violated that existing TOC limits at one of the treatment plants, and a notice was published to notify water system customers, Krakeel noted. The new TOC requirements are more stringent, Krakeel said.

TOC in water comes from decaying natural organic matter and from synthetic sources, including detergents, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and industrial chemicals.

Among the options being hashed out by county staff is the possibility of pursuing low-interest loans from the state. Those loans have a $3 million cap but the county believes it may qualify for two of those loans due to the work being conducted on two different water treatment plants, Krakeel said.

There are also other options including internal financing, Krakeel added.

If the loans are sought, it is possible the county might consider rolling back the rate increases once the loans are paid off, Krakeel said, but that will be a decision for the county commission to make.

The loans would be financed over a period of up to 20 years.

County finance staff will look at the current base and variable water rates to determine what if any changes are needed, Krakeel said.

“At this point we have done some preliminary work, but we are not yet at the point to forward a recommendation to the board,” Krakeel said.

The county water system’s annual budget for this fiscal year is $13.17 million. That means the plant upgrade project equal to roughly 70 percent of the entire water budget for this year.



are talking about another increase. My water bill now reaches $60 a month and I am one person living in a small house who does very little cooking. They have already doubled the sewerage charge. Are they just going to keep on increasing as long as we don't rebel? They are almost pricing many of us out of the area already with all that has been increased between Fayette County and Peachtree City. Enough is enough!

BHH's picture

Well welcome to metro Atlanta.

If we could somehow forbid government control or interference in these two areas we would be much better off.

Water is free.

If you want education, pick up a book.


BHH's picture

And it tastes just fine.

The feds don't know crap about how to provide the crap they mandate.

It is impossible to afford water from a municipality in Fulton or Dekalb counties and that's one reason I live in Fayette county.

Fayette is well on it's way to following in the same footsteps as it's neighbors.


ginga1414's picture

If I am remembering correctly, it took the County 6 months to "notify water system customers" about the TOC levels in their water.

If they are worried about the TOC levels in the water system from detergents, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and industrial chemicals now, just wait until the developers finish with the more than 1500 acres of developmental land along the West Fayetteville Bypass. Where do they think all those detergents, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and industrial chemicals come from?

As I've said many times before, "MORE BEGETS MORE!"

My water and sewer bills now exceed $1000.00 per year.

My Phone, cell, TV bills exceed $3000.00 per year. (Several hundred of this is taxes, etc.) (no long distance incl.)

My sales taxes exceed $5,000,00 per year.

My property taxes exceed $2,000.00 per year.

My miscellaneous taxes exceed $1,500.00.

My auto costs approximately $6,000 per year to run.

My food costs about $6,000.00 per year.

My clothes cost about $1,500.00 per year.

My home costs about $6,000.00 per year to maintain (it is paid for)

My gifts amount to about $1,000.00 per year

There are other expenses.....

This is $45,000 expenses (+) per year.

If I were to earn after net taxes deducted $20,000.00 per year ($10 per hour)I am screwed by $25,000.00 (yeah, I know cut out the phone, Internet, and TV!)

If I earn about $43,000 per year, I have to borrow $2,000.THIS IS THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME)

Want to know what percentage of Americans fall into these categories?
The majority, by far.

And you want to charge me more to avoid a back yard toilet, and steal water.

Cyclist's picture

do you enjoy living on a fixed income?

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Everyone lives on a "fixed" income of some sort!

This was just to point out that all those expensive services cannot be tolerated by the majority of our citizens!

I take it you don't care about them.

Cyclist's picture

why do you think I've been so vocal about Obama Care.

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