New project will give Fort Gordon access to groundwater

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Augusta Utilities is taking the next step in a series of upgrades and improvements to Fort Gordon’s water and sewer system, which will give the military post access to water from south Augusta wells.

The Augusta Commission’s Engineering Services Committee approved a $3.2 million contract for a project that will connect Fort Gordon to Augusta groundwater near the intersection of Willis Foreman and Deans Bridge roads.

The project is expected to move forward with the commission’s approval, according to Augusta Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier.

The upgrades are part of a $290 million, 50-year contract approved in 2008, tying Fort Gordon to Augusta’s freshwater and sewer system. The improvements, which will include 130 miles of water and sewer pipes, 540 fire hydrants and 1,500 sewage manholes, are funded by the federal government, Wiedmeier said.

Wiedmeier said the Gate 4 project will provide a secondary water connection for the post, which uses about 2.5 million gallons of water per day, pumped from the Augusta Canal.

“That’s about 6 percent of our total treated water per day,” he said. “Their rate is designed to cover our costs.”

Other projects coming up include upgrading sewer lift stations and the reactivation of water treatment on post, he said.

Tetra Tech, an international engineering management company, is supervising the upgrades.

Augusta Utilities is also seeking approval to hire four workers to repair and maintain all the new infrastructure being installed on post. The new positions will be funded by the Fort Gordon contract, he said.

BY THE NUMBERS

130

miles of water
and sewer mains

540

fire hydrants

1,900

valves and backflow preventers

29

sewage pumping stations

1,500

sewage manholes

$290 million

cost of the 50-year contract


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