CONSTRUCTION CREWS were busy at work Tuesday at the city’s #2 water plant.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton says the multimillion dollar rehabilitation of the city’s #2 water plant on MacIvor Drive remains on schedule and good progress continues to be made.
The city manager says he is anticipating resurfacing of MacIvor Drive to begin later this week or next week, weather permitting.
Last October, the Cairo City Council accepted the low bid of $4,518,477 from Standard Contractors of Valdosta for the rehab project, which also includes the installation of arsenic treatment capabilities similar to the new plant recently completed at the Cairo Municipal Airport.
Prior to the addition of the new well and treatment plant at the airport, the #2 water plant and wells were the city’s only source of drinking water.
The city has borrowed $2.5 million from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to help finance the project. GEFA is forgiving $500,000 of that total. The balance of the funds will be drawn from the city’s Municipal Competitive Trust account, which is a cash reserve fund for the city.
“We are still looking for work to be completed before the end of the year,” Addleton said.
The City of Cairo is the only city in this area that is currently treating for arsenic in its drinking water supply.