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Officials talk water
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Bryan County Commissioners met with engineers from Thomas and Hutton April 29 at the Richmond Hill Courthouse Annex in a workshop to discuss future water and sewer needs for the county.

Among the most pressing projects, according to County Administrator Phil Jones are the Blitchton/Interstate Centre area in North Bryan County and the new middle school in South Bryan.

"There are critical issues we are facing on critical timelines," he said.

According to Jones, the school board estimated needing water and sewer at the new Richmond Hill Middle School within the next 22 to 23 months, and a new subdivision to go in down the road from Interstate Centre in the North end will need at least 80,000 gallons of water per day, double the available amount.

Chris Stovall of Thomas and Hutton said the Blitchton area near Interstate Center at Hwy. 280 and Interstate 16, is an "area prime for growth," and projected in five to eight years, the current water-flow of 5,000-6,000 gallons per day -- with a peak of 8,000 -- will increase to 250,000 gallons per day.

In the South, Jones said once the interchange at I-95 and Belfast Siding is complete, that area may also experience tremendous growth. Stovall said to expect new subdivisions around the new middle school once it is complete.

"Coming up with a plan to service everyone is an expensive endeavor," he said.

Stovall said the total water and sewer costs for both ends of the county may come to an estimated $8 million. Jones said the county currently has $1 million available from SPLOST V to get started.

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