Having taken public input to rework prior plans, the city of Roswell is nearly ready to reveal its second draft of plans for a potential new water plant.
Two prior public open house meetings held during March lead the city to refine its original plans. The new plans will be the focus of an informational open house June 14.
According to the city, Roswell’s current water plant is nearly 80 years old and needs to be replaced.. City staff have said a new water plant will save Roswell $11.6 million over a 20-year period in water purchases from Fulton County, as well as repair and refurbishment costs needed for the old plant. Roswell has also said the new plant answers the governor’s call to develop additional water resources in Metro-Atlanta as part of the region’s water supply plan and eliminates the need to pay Fulton County approximately $500,000 annually to purchase water.
The new plant is estimated to cost $15.9 million.
To pay for the new facility, the city has proposed obtaining a 20-year Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan, which they claim can be secured at a very low interest rate.
Staff has said the financial analysis shows water rates for Roswell water customers would need to increase only $1 per month to assist in covering the remaining costs of a new water plant, though some citizens have contested the numbers.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road. For more information, visit the city's website.