The Suwanee City Council on Tuesday (Aug. 28) approved more funding to advance the city's project of irrigating with its own water system.
On Tuesday, the council approved a contract for $29,200 to Middle Georgia Water Systems to drill a second well in the Town Center area, this one near the Suwanee Creek pedestrian bridge. Already, a previous well has been drilled in the Town Center area.
The goals of the project are to reduce costs by using the city's own water system, rather than Gwinnett County's. Also, using city water would mean that there would be no restrictions from the county, as was the case in the drought-heavy years of 2007 and 2008.
James Miller, Suwanee's director of public works, said that the entire project cost is $273,000, and would pay for itself in about 6 1/2 years.
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Water from the city's wells would go into a tank, which would be connected to an irrigation system for Town Center Park in 2013.
City Manager Marty Allen noted that recent rains have left the Town Center Park turf, which annually hosts a lot of foot traffic from several events, in perhaps its best shape ever. A city watering system would give the city "the ability to water during droughts," Allen said.