This is just the first constructive phase of a two-phase process, according to Robert Peoples of Peoples & Quigley, Inc.
The company in charge of construction is C & S Construction, and the company in charge of engineering is People & Quigley, Inc.
The purpose of the overall project is to connect the Town of Resaca to the City of Calhoun sewerage, therefore removing Resaca residents from the septic tanks that are in use now, according to Jon Nash, project engineer at Peoples and Quigley, Inc.
This construction project will be valuable to the citizens of Resaca, according to Nash, becuase Resaca lies in a flood plain area, making it difficult for septic tanks to work properly.
Nash explained that by taking the septic tanks out and replacing it with the sewerage the town would be a lot safer and cleaner from backed up septic problems.
Sewerage would also take the responsibility of disposing of the septic waste out of the hand of the individual, because the sewage would run through the sewerage of the City of Calhoun and go through the wastewater treatment facility, according to Nash.
Peoples explained that construction of the first phase is expected to take only 90 days to complete.
The first phase of the process includes a trunk sewer, main pump station and force main to connect to the City of Calhoun Sewerage System, according to Peoples.
This is just the first phase, and they are only installing the first 2,000 feet, which is the first step to enabling the system to coincide with the City of Calhoun, according to Nash, who also explained that the first phase is not going to connect any home owners to the system just yet, that will happen during the second phase of the project.
The funding for the first phase, according to Peoples, comes from the Special Project Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), and according to Nash the cost is about $500,000 from SPLOST.
As for the second phase of this extensive project, Peoples said the town is currently working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to obtain a grant and loan to finance the final element of the plan.
Phase two will consist of a collection of sewers in the downtown area of Resaca, and according to Peoples will be operated and maintained by the City of Calhoun under an “intergovernmental agreement.”