FRCOG launching six-month county public water and wastewater system study
GREENFIELD — A six-month study of the county’s public water and wastewater systems being conducted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will assess the systems’ resistance to climate change impacts, make recommendations to improve operations and prioritize investments.
With funding from a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, FRCOG will conduct its study of existing water and wastewater systems in the county and of select areas identified as being in need of these systems. Over the next several months, consultants from the contracted firm of Tighe & Bond will reach out to system operators and municipal officials to gather information.
Jessica Atwood, economic development program manager with FRCOG, said consultants will evaluate system needs and challenges. Because FRCOG is a federally designated U.S. economic district, Atwood said the regional organization has access to supplemental planning funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.