“It’s to help spread the responsibility for water infrastructure,” she said.
Up to 10 percent of the money collected could go to stormwater projects, Govus said. Other money would help pay for a five-mile tunnel from the Chattahoochee River to Bellwood Quarry, which would allow the city to keep a 30-day supply of water on hand. It would also go to creating retaining ponds at several parks along the future path of the Beltline trail, and to paying for improvements at the R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center.
The tax dollars would also help expand sewer capacity; replace some small sewer lines that are prone to breaking; pay to assess the city’s sewers and pipelines; and fund the cleaning of the Nancy Creek tunnel, which is designed to catch sewage overflows in case of a spill, and is filled with debris.
“Breaks are happening every day,” Govus said. “The people’s public health is affected.”