County Manager William Wilson Jr., explained this came about following the service delivery negotiations over the new airport site, including the city, county and Spalding County Water and Sewerage Facilities Authority, which buys its water from the city and wanted to be able to offer an industrial rate. In the memorandum of understanding signed by the city and water authority, the current water sales agreement would be amended to include this option for industrial rates for customers within the Water Authority’s service area.
The Water Authority voted to amend its current water contract signed in 1995, of which the county is also a party, with the city of Griffin, allowing the city to sell water to to industrial customers in the Water Authority’s service area. Wilson said the Water Authority had been quoting potential industrial customers the city’s rate, so as not to run off potential industry as the Water Authority’s own rate would have been three times more.
Wilson said “the industrial rate is very, very limited” and only applies to businesses using more than 100,000 gallons or more a day. Currently the Authority has no industrial customers and the city may have three, Wilson told the county commissioners.
The Water Authority had considered charging a 1 percent transmission fee for use of its water lines, but opted to forgo that to make the county competitive to new industry.
Wilson said the city is scheduled to vote on the amendment to the water sales agreement next week.