Winder-Auburn quarry project moves on to final four in national contest

The Winder-Auburn joint water reservoir project has made it to the “Final Four” out of 85 nominated projects in a national contest recognizing local government projects. The project is up for the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Knope Award in an online voting contest formatted similarly to the “March Madness” NCAA basketball tournament. The project is now paired against a water tank project in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and people can read about the projects and vote online at https://elgl.org/elglknope-winder-ga-vs-winston-salem-nc/. One vote per email address is allowed. The finals matchup will be announced Tuesday, March 30. The reservoir project, located at the old Martin Marietta rock quarry off Parks Mill Road in Auburn, is aimed at addressing a raw water storage shortage in northeast Georgia. The 78-acre site will be converted into a 1.1. billion-gallon raw water storage pond with three water intake points and more than 13 miles of pipeline. The massive, multi-phase, multi-million-dollar project has been years in the making, and water withdrawal permits have been issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, with a current permitted yield of 4.59 million gallons per day on an annual average. The reservoir is projected to be fully operational by January 2024.

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