Local governing officials convened in separate meetings last week and approved several items concerning upcoming improvements with regards to water and sewer services in Thomson, Dearing and McDuffie County.
Earlier that same afternoon, members of the Thomson-McDuffie County Water and Sewer Commission met at Thomson City Hall for their quarterly meeting.
During that meeting, Thomson City Administrator Don Powers informed the panel about progress regarding waste water testing for Oglethorpe Power Company's future plant in neighboring Warren County.
In addition, Mr. Powers also told the group about progress being made concerning modified permit applications for requesting the withdrawal of millions of gallons of water from Clarks Hill Lake.
The Big Creek Water Plant, which has just undergone major renovations, can pump from 2 million to 4 million gallons of water from the lake every day, Mr. Powers said.
Members of the Thomson-McDuffie Water and Sewer Commission approved a resolution requesting permission from officials with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to withdraw those amounts of water from the lake.
Mr. Powers said Robin Chasman, the city's former engineer now retired, is consulting with local officials regarding this matter.
City and county officials already have permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw water from the lake's reservoir.
Following the water and sewer commission meeting, Thomson City Council along with the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners met and approved the same items as was discussed by water and sewer commissioners.
The Thomson-McDuffie Water and Sewer Commission is headed by George Lokey, who serves as chairman.