Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

CONGRESSMAN SANFORD BISHOP ANNOUNCES GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCE AUTHORITY LOANS

May 13, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, is pleased to announce that eight communities within the Second Congressional District of Georgia have been awarded a total of nearly $7,000,000 in loans for water, sewer, and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority Board of Directors. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) provides low-interest loans for infrastructure projects that deliver safe, affordable drinking water. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) provides low-interest loans for wastewater and water pollution control infrastructure. These projects conserve and improve water resources and facilitate economic development. The programs are jointly funded by theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Georgia. The loans will be used to make improvements to water, wastewater, and solid waste systems.

“The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund provide vital resources for our cities and towns that leverage state expertise with federal dollars,” said Congressman Bishop. “These investments reflect the commitment of federal and state partners to communities in Georgia’s Second Congressional District. This funding will be used to improve infrastructure and implement rehabilitation projects that are necessary for our communities’ continued development and growth.”

The communities that received funding include:

  • The City of Attapulgus: $240,000 from the DWSRF for improvements to the water distribution system in the event of a natural disaster
  • The City of Damascus: $183,000 from the DWSRF for increased data system protection measures in the event of a natural disaster
  • The City Georgetown-Quitman County: $225,000 from the CWSRF to assist with restoration methods in case of a power outage  
  • Iron City: $1,829,000 from the DWSRF to improve the water distribution system
  • The City of Leesburg: $590,000 from the CWSRF for improvements to the sewer collection system and $1,454,000 from the DWSRF to improve backup power and communications systems in case of extreme weather
  • The City of Montezuma: $300,000 from the DWSRF to improve water systems in case of severe weather
  • The City of Pelham: $644,000 from the CWSRF to prevent sewer overflows during power outages and floods and $672,000 from the DWSRF to rehabilitate the water distribution system
  • Stewart County: $549,000 from the DWSRF to improve the water system in the event of a natural disaster