Commissioners voted unanimously for its reservoir engineer, Atlanta-based Arcadis U.S. Inc., to do final design work on the planned reservoir as well as a water treatment plant, a dam on Richland Creek, two pump stations and water intakes on the Etowah River and reservoir.
Paulding has borrowed about $56 million from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to help fund the project. However, county officials are waiting to see how much the state will invest as part of its Governor’s Water Supply Program, which is designed to ensure availability of an adequate water supply throughout metro Atlanta.
Kelly Comstock of project manager Brown and Caldwell Engineers said engineers will give commissioners options on treatment plant size based on the final amount of available funding. Arcadis has determined the plant should treat 18 million gallons of raw water per day to best serve the county’s needs by 2020.