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Richland Creek Reservoir
Location Georgia
Type reservoir, from 2015
Primary inflows Etowah River
Primary outflows Etowah River
Catchment area 300 acres (1.2 km2) 0.390 square miles
Basin countries United States
Surface area 305 acres (1.23 km2) 0.4765 square miles

The Richland Creek Reservoir (RCR) is a reservoir in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. It will be primarily fed by a raw water pipeline from the Etowah River. The project is slated to be complete by 2019.

Geography

The lake is in Paulding County, Georgia.

Reservoir

One of the main purposes of the lake is to provide three billion gallons of drinking water to existing and future populations in Paulding County. Paulding County residents currently purchase needed water from the Cobb County Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA). The RCR would create an independent drinking water supply for Paulding County, making it unnecessary to rely on CCMWA as the sole water provider. The financial analysis Paulding County had prepared to identify the most fiscally responsible approach to developing the RCR indicates that water rates for customers will increase slightly over time to support maintenance of the new reservoir, intake, water treatment plant and distribution lines. However, once established, these rates would be in place for a long time and customers would not be subjected to rate fluctuations that could be imposed by CCMWA.

Funding for the development of the RCR and associated infrastructure will be obtained through a combination of low interest loans provided by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and utility bonds. Application has also been sent to GEFA for consideration of funding through the State Direct Investment, (SDI), program. The RCR is one of four new reservoir projects being funded by GEFA's Governor's Water Supply Program (GWSP). Although GEFA has provided funding, the state will not have control over project development, implementation, or operation. Kevin Clark, Director of GEFA commented, "These… projects are the best, most strategic investments the state can make at this time to secure water supply in the right places and to tackle some of Georgia's most significant water supply challenges."

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