A water line extension project in Electric City to service Sunbanks Lake Resort is scheduled for April, city officials stated.
Mayor Jerry Sands said this week that the city is going to upgrade the 8-inch water line to a 10-inch water line at the city’s expense so it will be in a position to serve any future water needs on the south side of the causeway. The line will be stubbed where it goes into the Sunbanks property.
Sands said Sunbanks will pay for the 400-foot extension of the water line from State Street to the turn into the resort property and for a 6-inch line to service its needs.
The city hopes to get a return on its $18,000-$20,000, 10-inch line when development occurs across the causeway.
Sands said it is estimated that it would cost between $300,000 and $400,000 to take the 10-inch line across the causeway to a location near the old Quail Run RV park, about 1.2 miles. Future developers would pay for such an expansion.
The city is also actively pursuing the possibility of getting its future water needs for development on the other side of the causeway from three wells there, which are owned by Port District 7.
Sands said the city will appear at Thursday’s port district meeting at the airport to pursue the issue.
A geo-hydrologist was in the area this week to review the three wells and help determine their capacity.
Electric City Council voted $4,907 for its engineering firm, Gray & Osborne, to supervise the well measurements.