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Water is a consistent campaign theme in Upson County -including the chairman's race which culminates in election Tuesday.
Six years ago, county commissioners asked the Georgia General Assembly to create an authority in Upson County to address the county's water and sewer needs.
Last week, that group heard the presentation of a master plan to extend water to hundreds of potential customers and resolve the sewage problem which has plagued the Northside area for a number of years. The plan was presented by Tom Sloope of the county's engineering firm, Carter & Sloope.
The total cost of the water projects proposed is about $1.7 million - which could be eligible for grant and low interest loan funding.
Providing sewage to Northside carries a price tag of more than $10 million for the four-phase project. A substantial amount of that cost could be covered by federal grant funds because the project is considered to be an important health and environmental step.
No action was taken last week. Water and sewer authority members said they are taking the proposals under advisement.
The group is also awaiting a final go ahead from the Upson County Commission before they move ahead on any projects. In the six years since the authority was created, commissioners have not turned over the assets to the county's water system.
Here's a look at the projects proposed: