Rockdale, GA may add drinking water
to wastewater contract operations
By JAY JONES
The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners decided last summer to look
at the viability of having a private company operate both water and
Commissioner Glenn Sears said that, considering the financial state of
Water Resources, bringing in a private company is just one of several
options the county is reviewing. He said it’s important to find ways
to make the department more efficient before deciding on a possible rate
increase to cover budget shortfalls.
“The water department is running negative revenue at the moment, and
this is something where the county has an obligation to the rate payers
look at all options,” Sears said.
Rockdale Water Resources has contracted with OMI (Operations Management
International Inc.) to operate the wastewater system at a total cost of
$17.3 million since 1998. In April, this contract will expire. The
county sent out requests for qualifications to prospective bidders on
the sewage treatment in August and later amended those requests to
include the water system.
Sears said the deadline for those requests has been pushed back until
March as the commissioners continue work on Water Resources’ 2004
budget, which is expected to begin the public hearing process, also in