Macon-Bibb leaders continue storm water discussion
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb County and the Macon Water Authority (MWA) held the second part of the storm water project workshop Thursday morning.
This workshop outlined the storm water system and determined if it’s best for MWA to share more responsibility with Macon-Bibb County, the current owner of the storm water system.
Macon Water Authority Chairman, Samuel Hart attended the first workshop. He said the second session gives him an opportunity to learn how MWA can take a larger role revitalized the current infrastructure of the storm water plan.
“I’m in favor of the MWA looking at how we can get involved. I think it’s a logical place to put it, but I it’s a place to put it in partnership with the government,” says Hart.
Mayor Robert Reichert believes an aging infrastructure, increased urbanization and the potential of one more failure creates the “perfect storm.”
He added during the meeting, “It’s [the changing the storm water system] going to be challenging if you take on an aging infrastructure .
“The federal government is now much more interested in storm water runoff and pollution,” says Reichert.
According to the Macon-Bibb leader, that means the policies adopted by state and local government change even more frequently to keep up with federal policies.
The Macon Water Authority’s Executive Director, Tony Rojas, says that’s why it may make sense for MWA to play a larger role in storm damage plans.
“We’re taking a look at that, because that’s really kind of the direction the industry and the country is moving in terms of managing water resources,” says Rojas.
The next meeting will be held mid-July. MWA tells 41NBC that meeting will cover the funding policy, a plan of action on how to fund storm water rehabilitation projects.