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Lawrenceville develops water emergency plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville may be well ahead of other Georgia cities in providing water to its residents under severe drought conditions.

The city is reactivating old water wells, digging new wells and developing an emergency water plan to distribute water from the wells. Councilman Mike Crow, who has worked with city department heads for the past three months to come up with the plan, presented it to the council Monday. The council voted to discuss the plan at its Nov. 21 work session.

Georgia is in the midst of a significant drought, said Crow, who urged the council to authorize Lawrenceville's Utilities Department to purchase the trucks, water tanks and other equipment needed. The city presently does not have any plan, he said. "Hopefully, nothing like this will ever occur in Lawrenceville, but we need to move forward to obtain the equipment and support for the Utilities Department to implement the plan," Crow said.

Under the plan, Lawrenceville would use pickup mounted 200- and 300-gallon water tanks and possibly even larger (1,000-plus gallon) tanks mounted on utility trailers to distribute water at four key points in the city so residents could fill up one-gallon jugs. The plan also includes using water tanker trucks to distribute water throughout the city.

The four distribution points identified in the plan are the Central Gwinnett High School parking lot off U.S. Highway 29, the old K-Mart parking lot at the corner of Duluth Highway and Hurricane Shoals Road, the Margaret Winn Holt Elementary School parking lot at the corner of Moon Road and Old Snellville Road and the parking lot adjacent to the Rhodes Jordan Plant in Rhodes Jordan Park at the intersection of U.S. 29 and Ga. Highway 124.