Wa­ter

The Covington News - - Opinion -

There is one thing that ev­ery thriv­ing civ­i­liza­tion needs to sur­vive, and that is wa­ter.

That is why it is good news to see the state of Ge­or­gia of­fer New­ton County a $21 mil­lion loan at a very af­ford­able rate to jump start the Bear Creek Reser­voir project.

The 1,242-acre Bear Creek Reser­voir project has been worked on by county of­fi­cials since 1999.

County At­tor­ney Tommy Craig, who has great ex­pe­ri­ence shep­herd­ing reser­voirs through the per­mit process, said that we were on the fi­nal leg of a jour­ney.

Ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions, the reser­voir is expected to pro­vide enough wa­ter for both 400,000 res­i­dents and fu­ture in­dus­tries, which will be at­tracted to the county be­cause of the ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply that will be at their use.

County com­mis­sion­ers still have to put their fi­nal stamp of ap­proval on the Bear Creek project. Kathy Mor­gan, chair of the com­mis­sion­ers, said that al­though the state’s of­fer seems very at­trac­tive, the devil is in the de­tails, and com­mis­sion­ers will have to re­view the pro­posal.

The de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion of the Bear Creek Reser­voir is an­other plus for New­ton and an­other good sign that the county is on its way out of the eco­nomic morass that has stymied our pos­i­tive growth for the past four years.

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