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At a special called meeting on August 31, 2020, at 11 am, the Lawrenceville City Council will consider a proposal to sell the City of Lawrenceville Water Distribution System to Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources.
The City of Lawrenceville’s decision is based on the customers’ best interest being served through the long-term benefit of Gwinnett County’s management of the water system. Gwinnett’s nationally acclaimed Department of Water Resources has a long history of proactively managing water infrastructure with an extensive and well-funded preventative maintenance program.
Due to the age of system, the City Council had been contemplating a significant water rate increase for residential customers over the next several years in order to complete system upgrades. The rate increase paired with the fact that 80% of the water provided to City of Lawrenceville water customers is currently purchased from Gwinnett County, led to the decision to sell the system.
The plan includes the sale of the municipal distribution system, including water mains, valves, hydrants, and meters. The City will also transfer billing systems, customer water usage data, easements, and GIS data to Gwinnett County. The City will retain ownership of all wells, storage tanks, and water treatment plants.
In exchange for the distribution system, Gwinnett County will pay the City of Lawrenceville a one-time payment of $400,000 and guarantee a minimum of $13.3M in repairs, replacements, rehabilitation, and upgrades to the system over the next 10 years. In addition, the County will provide two properties on Ezzard Street to the City.
As a result of the sale, City residents will see a slight increase in their monthly bill while commercial customers will see a decrease in their monthly bill. The City plans to provide a one-time bill credit to City of Lawrenceville water customers for coverage of 12 months of the expected increase.
The Gwinnett County Water and Sewer Authority plans to consider this purchase at their August 31, 2020 meeting and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will consider this agreement at its regularly scheduled meeting on September 1, 2020. If approved, Lawrenceville residents will receive details on the transfer within the next few weeks. The transition is expected to take place in early December 2020.
For additional information about the City of Lawrenceville Water Department, visit www.lawrencevilleutilities.com/35/Water-Resources and follow the City on social media.