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State Awards $695K to Oak Park for Water, Sewer Improvements

The City of Oak Park will soon have the necessary funding to address many longtime brewing issues in the city.

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Governor Brian Kemp, joined by members of the Water and Sewer Infrastructure Committee and state leaders, announced Tuesday that more than $422 million in preliminary awards were issued to communities in need.

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Among the recipients is the City of Oak Park. The city will collect $659,225.00 to improve the reliability and safety of drinking water and wastewater systems.

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“Because we remained focused on protecting lives and livelihoods throughout the pandemic, Georgia is now in a position to make strategic, transformational investments in our state’s water and sewer infrastructure,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “I want to thank the committee members for dedicating their time and expertise to help us make these awards as well as the grants team at the Office of Planning and Budget. I am proud to know that we have worked hard to prioritize projects which address pressing public health and environmental issues, support economic development, and enhance our ability to be good stewards of our water resources for generations to come.”

These investments will help:

  • Improve drinking water treatment;
  • Extend drinking water service to high-need areas; *Improve drinking water infrastructure including interconnections and additional sources to ensure water system resiliency; high-tech meters and asset management systems to improve drinking water system responsiveness to issues such as leaks or line breaks; upsizing or replacing pipes to reduce leaks and water loss; and lead pipe inventory development and replacement;
  • Improve wastewater treatment, resulting in cleaner lakes and rivers;
  • Improve biosolids management, resulting in less waste in our landfills;
  • Improve sewer systems, resulting in fewer spills that can pose threats to public health and environmental quality; and
  • Secure Georgia’s water resources for future generations.

Other area recipients include:

  • Brooklet, $2,031,000
  • Glennville, $1,472,785.94
  • Jesup, $6,876,837.00
  • Liberty County (drinking water), $561,468.75
  • Liberty County (water system extension), $2,016,715.54
  • Long County, $3,000,000.00
  • Lyons, $1,580,756.00
  • Mount Vernon, $929,606.00
  • Odum, $1,344,400.00
  • Pembroke, $8,661,250.00
  • Rincon, $7,374,685.36
  • Springfield, $1,675,000.00
  • Sylvania, $3,055,442.27
  • Tattnall County, $619,050.00
  • Twin City, $303,553.74
  • Uvalda, $1,158,156.00
  • Vidalia, $4,000,000.00
  • Waynesboro, $2,047,050.00
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