Winder officials have set their sights on the untapped potential of Fort Yargo State Park’s 260-acre lake for more drinking water. Roger Wilhelm, the city’s water distribution director, told a council committee April 19 that it is “vitally important” that Winder seek a state permit to be able to pull another 1-2 million gallons of water per day from the lake. The city currently can withdraw up to 1 million gallons per day, but only in an emergency such as a drought.
While Georgia’s drought conditions subsided last year, downstream flows from the city’s primary water source — the Mulberry River — nearly dried up at the end of last summer, Wilhelm said.
For the full story, see the April 25 issue of the Barrow Journal.