Eva Fuller

Customer service clerk Eva Fuller waits for more Paulding water system customers at its new location at Atlanta Highway and Hardy Parkway today.

The Paulding County Water System opened in its new standalone location in Hiram today after four years spread over locations countywide.

"The Water System is open for business and looks forward to serving customers at its new location!" the county government said on its Facebook page titled Paulding County Today.

Its new location is in a former bank branch building it renovated at 3844 Atlanta Highway in Hiram -- at the corner of Atlanta Highway and Charles Hardy Parkway, also known as Ga. Hwy. 120.

The water system's customer service functions have operated in space shared with the county Community Development Department in the Watson Government Building in Dallas since 2014 after it vacated the Hiram building that now houses a Georgia State Patrol post on Bill Carruth Parkway.

However, it had been seeking a location with a drive-through window and space to consolidate its operations which were spread over a number of locations, officials had said.

The Paulding County Commission approved the purchase of the former SunTrust Bank building and its 2.4-acre site in August 2017 for $1.7 million, officials said.

It allowed the water system to consolidate its administrative offices, engineering department, field operations, support staff, meter reading supervisor and customer service operations into one building, said water system director Laurie Ashmore.

The water system has been telling its customers on their monthly bills for about two months about today's opening date, Ashmore said.

A Paulding Chamber of Commerce-hosted ribbon cutting for the new location is planned for Feb. 19, Ashmore said.

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