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Pump station plan to serve Loganville area

LAWRENCEVILLE - The focal point of a $50 million project to provide sewer to southeastern Gwinnett will be considered by commissioners today.

The contract for a $17.6 million pump station for the Lower Big Haynes Creek basin got the nod Monday by the Water & Sewerage Authority. The low bidder is Birmingham, Ala.-based Max Foote Construction.

Lynn Smarr, project manager for the Department of Water Resources, said the pump station will open up the Loganville area for sewer, while protecting Rockdale County's chief water source

"We want to be very careful how we treat our neighbors," she said.

The pump station, located at 2680 Centerville-Rosebud Road, will be built to handle 15 million gallons a day by the time it is complete at the end of 2008. By 2030, the pump station may handle 32 million gallons of sewage a day.

The county has already approved a section of a pipeline to pump the sewage to a Brooks Road pump station, which will eventually carry the waste to the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center in Buford for treatment. Another section of the pipeline will be considered later this year.

To help inform the community about the major project the county revived a public relations program called the Lanier Community Outreach and Liaison Project, or

LANCOOL.

A public information meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at O'Kelly Chapel Baptist Church. To stay up-to-date on the project, go to LANCOOL's Web site at www.lancool.com/lbhps.html.

Also Monday, the authority approved a $10.9 million contract to John D. Stephens Inc. for a pipeline in conjunction with a Level Creek pump station project. That project, which will be complete in October 2007, will provide sewer to northern Gwinnett.

Max Foote Construction has already begun work on the Level Creek pump station.