$11,275,000 Grant Announced for the Lumpkin County Water & Sewerage Authority

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The office of Governor Brian Kemp recently notified Lumpkin County Government of an $11,275,000 grant award to the Lumpkin County Water & Sewerage Authority (LCWSA). The award is for engineering, design, and construction of a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and collection system.

The LCWSA intends to construct a new WWTP in the southern part of Lumpkin County to support the Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Lumpkin currently under construction and other development expected along Ga. SR 400. The proposed WWTP will be constructed with an ultimate capacity of 1 million gallons per day.

“Receipt of this State Fiscal Recovery Funds grant award allows the LCWSA to continue vital work in improving our wastewater infrastructure in order to support the new hospital and ancillary development along the HWY 400 corridor,” said LCWSA Executive Director Sean Phipps. “Due to LCWSA’s small customer base, a capital project this size is financially challenging.  LCWSA is grateful for the financial support made available from the Governor’s Office and locally from the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners.  After years of planning, we look forward to moving this project into the construction phase.”

LCWSA is currently working with the Environmental Protection Division to obtain the necessary permits. Final design and engineering of the project is anticipated in 2023, with construction to follow. The WWTP is scheduled to be operational in the 4th quarter of 2025.  “Sewer capacity is essential for economic development,” said Lumpkin County Community & Economic Development Director Rebecca Mincey. “We are proud of our partnership with the LCWSA. This infrastructure investment is critical for stimulating investment from the private sector, growing jobs, and diversifying Lumpkin County’s tax digest.”