City moves forward on 2.4 billion gallon emergency reservoir - CBS46 News

City moves forward on 2.4 billion gallon emergency reservoir

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Leaders in the City of Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management are ready to push forward on a $280 million project, filling a rock quarry in northwest Atlanta with 2.4 billion gallons of water. The reserve supply would be enough to sustain the city for 30-90 days in the case of a catastrophe like the flooding that hit Columbia, S.C.

Currently, the city says it has only enough water to cover 3-5 days of demand, in the wake of a catastrophe.

"We think this is a smart investment," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, insisting that the expensive project would not result in higher water rates for customers. "We're doing the right thing from an emergency standpoint, according to the best advice we can get from experts."

The Department of Watershed Management says they have enough surplus funds, with the help of federal aid dollars, to responsibly cover the cost of the project.

It is expected to be complete by 2020.

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