Atlanta's Tunnel Boring Machine list names finalists - CBS46 News

Always wanted to name an $11M machine? Here's your chance

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Driller Mike, Peach Beast and Scarlett are the three entries that have garnered the most votes to name Atlanta's new tunnel boring machine.

Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management announced Tuesday three finalists for the Water Supply Program tunnel boring machine naming campaign. They said since June, more than 700 names were submitted for the massive machine by the public. 

“We are extremely excited about the response from the community to name the tunnel boring machine,” said Commissioner Kishia Powell. “There were more than 27,000 visits to to learn more about our commitment to clean, safe drinking water. Together we will embark on a journey to secure Atlanta’s water future.”

The names, as described by the submitters:

  • “Driller Mike” – Multiple nominations, but as explained in a submission by Bryan Schroeder: “Killer Mike chews through words and raps like he's got diamond tipped teeth. A good role model for this drill, Driller Mike, to look up to!”
  • “Peach Beast” – In David Nixon’s nomination, he wrote: “The beast to help keep ATL and the Peach State green, healthy and safe. Plus it's the beast that eats rock!”
  • “Scarlett” – Nominated by Kristen Vick, who in her submission said, “O'Hara of course. How perfectly classic Atlanta.”

To cast your vote, visit through September 2. The mayor will announce the winning name in October.

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