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Million Dollar Loan Solves Major Problems for Tybee Island

Actually the loan is for 1.7 million dollars. The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority made the loan to the city of Tybee Island so they could go ahead with repairs on aging sewer and water lines.

Residents well remember a massive sewer spill into the marsh which happened  just last year. That spill was due in part to the aging cast iron sewer pipes. The section of pipe where the leakage occurred was repaired, but now the entire sewer line can be removed and replaced with modern PVC pipe. Also up for replacing is a major water line for the city. It too will be replaced with PVC pipe.

The City of Tybee Island has been working to get the funds for about the last ten years. In that time they've made spot repairs where necessary. But now full repairs can be made to both sewer and water lines. Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman says the other piece of good news is that the low interest rate of 1.4 percent on the loan means that residents won't be stuck with a massive rate increase to pay for the loan. Work on the sewer and water lines is set to begin in just a few weeks.

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