Loan will help Dublin replace sewer lines

The city of Dublin is scheduled to receive more than $2 million to finance the replacement and repair of sewer lines and about 50 manholes, the state announced Wednesday.

Dublin was approved for funding by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, along with two other Georgia locales. The city will pay 3 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The total cost of the project is $2.4 million, with the city receiving $360,000 in principal forgiveness.

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the financing for all the projects, which total about $4.2 million. Also receiving funding were the Nicholson Water Authority in Jackson County and Oconee County.

“Investment in our state’s water and sewer infrastructure stimulates the economy, promotes the stewardship of our natural resources, and helps to meet Georgia’s future water needs,” Perdue said in a statement. “The projects approved today will improve water system efficiency and will ensure clean and safe water.”

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund is a federal loan program for wastewater infrastructure and water pollution abatement projects. Eligible projects include a wide variety of storm water and wastewater collection and treatment projects.