DeKalb County spending billions on water system upgrade - CBS46 News

DeKalb County spending billions on water and sewer system upgrades

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

As people continue to suffer through a massive water main break on Clairmont Road, CBS Atlanta News wanted to know what DeKalb County is doing to improve its water and sewer system.

Turns out, the county has approved a $1.35 billion water and sewer system upgrade. Work began in 2012 and includes 82 projects to be completed over the next four years. It's only about 20 percent complete.

"We're going to see water upgrades; we're going to see sewer upgrades; we're going to see treatment plant upgrades happening fast and furious over the next few years," said Burke Brennan, a county spokesman.

He said some of the pipes are more than 50 years old.

"We have an aging infrastructure, we know this," Brennan said.

However, Brennan said the problems on Clairmont Road are more maintenance-related, and not necessarily due to age. He did not want to give a timetable on when the repair would be made because the project's already experienced so many unexpected setbacks since water began leaking Wednesday.

The area is still under the boil water advisory until DeKalb County receives clear sample results and the EPD approves removal of the order.

At that time the county will issue a public announcement about the boil water advisory and conduct Code Red calls to citizens.

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