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Valdosta taking major step toward solving city's sewer issues


Valdosta residents will soon be one step closer to getting some relief from manholes overflowing almost every time it rains. Valdosta's mayor and city council will award the contract for the much anticipated force main project at Thursday night's city council meeting.
It's the first step in relocating the troubled Withlacoochee wastewater treatment plant and putting an end to many of the city's sewer issues.

"We're ready to award the contract, $36 plus million dollar contract, for a force main, two master lift stations, couple of minor lift stations, new head works structure, and a new equalization tank at the new Withlacoochee plant site," explained Henry Hicks, Valdosta Utilities Director.

Construction for the force main is expected to start the first week of June and the contractor will have 18 months after that to complete the project. Once finished, the new system should be a big relief for many residents.

"The 36 million dollar force main project, that's gonna alleviate a majority of the spills in the Meadow Brook area and elsewhere in the city," Hicks pointed out.

With the contract now awarded, the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to appear. "It's been aggrivatin' at some points but it's the first big step in many steps that we're gonna be taking to finally fix the sewer issues in the city," Hicks said.

But even though there's still a long way to go before the wastewater treatment plant is relocated, with the force main contract now awarded the city's new sewer system is closer to reality.

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