“The Mobile District is in the middle of the tri-state water wars litigation between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. When an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter asked the corps whether the reservoir is open, a day and a half later U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District public affairs specialist Billy Birdwell responded that “the permit did not authorize water to be withdrawn from Hickory Log Creek Reservoir.”
When the reporter called back, Birdwell said the question was a water allocation issue and told the reporter to call the Mobile District. A spokesperson at the Mobile District could not answer the question and said the office would have to check with the Savannah District.
The cost and the continuing delays have hit Canton and its water customers particularly hard. The City, which owns a 25 percent stake in the reservoir, pays about $1.7 million a year in operating and financing costs and has been so strapped it’s tried to sell its stake to Cobb County, while keeping rights to some of the water.
Those talks have gone nowhere as Canton has raised water rates 30%, in part to pay for the reservoir. Originally projected to cost less than $20 million a decade ago on the promise it would solve all Canton’s future water needs, Hickory Log Creek has become a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of reservoir building.”
Read more: The Palm Beach Post