Parker Wallace wrote for GPB 1 August 2012, Water Program Awards Loans,
The Governor's water supply program awarded funding to eight water supply projects across the state.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and the Georgia Department of Community affairs announced more than 90 million dollars in loans.
They're aimed at helping finance water supply infrastructure.
A bit more detail in the Montgomery Advertiser 2 August 2012, Funding flows to Georgia reservoir, water projects,
Hahira will get a 20-year, $432,000 loan for a new water supply well.
City of Hahira
The city of Hahira was approved for a 20-year loan of $431,777 to construct a new water supply well and the associated treatment equipment. The new well adds 0.2434 million gallons per day (MGD) of water supply and will allow the city to maximize the storage capacity of its existing elevated storage tanks to better address future demand and increase system reliability. The total cost is $479,752, with the city contributing $47,975 in funds. Hahira will pay zero percent interest during project construction, and then 1 percent during the repayment period once construction is complete. The city will not be charged a closing fee.
That's quite a deal.
Meanwhile, Kristina Torres in the AJC 1 August 2012 couldn't be bothered to mention Hahira. It's not Atlanta, don't you know! The VDT doesn't seem to have convered the story at all. Amusing that an Alabama paper has more detail than either of those two Georgia papers.
Back to the GPB story:
“We would like to see local leaders pursuing water efficiency as an actual source of new supply, it's by far the most cost effective, fastest to develop and most reliable source of new water supply.”
“Water supply the development of new water supply in conjunction with conservation efforts go hand in hand, they're not mutually exclusive, that's what we believe we're doing on both these fronts.”
Given that the water table hereabouts continues to fall, especially in the current drought, and Hahira's new well will only make it fall faster, I think water conservation is an excellent idea.
LAKE was at last week's Hahira City Council meeting where this well loan was discussed and approved. Video to come.
PS: Owed to John C. Griffin.