Posted: Friday, August 31st 2012 at 11:12am
Forsyth Co. leaders ask for outside help in water dispute
CUMMING - Forsyth County is seeking outside help in their ongoing fight over water with the City of Cumming.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forsyth County Commission Chairman Jim Boff has asked Gov. Nathan Deal, Attorney General Sam Olens and local legislators to intercede in the negotiations. The request follows a threat by Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt last week to cut off the county's raw water supply.
Water negotiations have been stalled since the old contract expired in late May. Forsyth County officials say they thought they had struck a new deal to buy water from Cumming, but after both sides had approved terms, the city backed out, saying there were no specifics about the charge for water supplied over the standard allocation.
County leaders have been appealing to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for their own permit to draw water from Lake Lanier since they currently purchase their water from Cumming, which is one of only four jurisdictions allowed to draw from the lake.
Forsyth County officials say Cumming's water has become too expensive ever since the city decided to make upgrades to their water intake facility that the county didn't sign off on.
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