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#ELGLKnope: Winder, GA vs. Winston Salem, NC

Posted on March 22, 2021


Winston Winder

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Winder-Auburn Rock Quarry

Winder, Georgia 30011

  • Three words to describe Winder-Auburn Rock Quarry: creative, partnership, commitment
  • Why are you nominating Winder-Auburn Rock Quarry: The City of Winder and the City of Auburn have teamed up and formed a partnership with a goal of developing a creative multi-jurisdictional, regional solution to the shortage of raw water storage in northeast Georgia. The project scope entails taking very compact 78 acre site, and converting a expended rock quarry into a 1.1 billion gallon raw water storage pond with 3 water intakes and over 13 miles of pipeline. The project’s water withdrawal permits have been issued by Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the physical work has started within the quarry during the month of December 2020. The current permitted yield of the quarry project will be 4.59 MGD – annual average, and should be fully operational by January 2024. Winder is committed to efficiently managing our water resources  to ensure safe, clean and reliable drinking water, while protecting streamflow’s and watersheds to ensure long term sustainability in our ecosystems, economy and quality of life.

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Sides Road Water Tank

Winston Salem, North Carolina 27106

  • Three words to describe Sides Road Water Tank: Artistic, Collaborative, Educational
  • Why are you nominating Sides Road Water Tank: The Sides Road Water Tank hosts a mural is named “A Morning on the Yadkin River.” The mural, painted/designed by Florida based artist known as Daas, depicts an American River Otter. Otters are native to the Yadkin River which serves as the main source of water for the region. The mural was created through a public/private partnership with the Lidl grocery chain, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, and the Winston-Salem Public Art Commission. It is visible to approximately 25,000 drivers every day, bringing attention to our water resources and what they mean to our city. Finally, the water tank is being nominated because it’s absolutely adorable – not a fact, but a very, very strong opinion.
  • Anything else to share? This links to a really fun time-lapse video of the otter being painted
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