Cumming, Ga. to Start Dredging Lake Lanier

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) _ The city of Cumming plans to start pulling tons of silt and soil from the bottom of Georgia's Lake Lanier so it can keep supplying water to 200-thousand homes and businesses in Forsyth County.

The process could cost $1 million dollars.

It's the second emergency measure taken by Cumming, a city that sits on Lake Lanier, as water levels have dropped to an all-time low.

The city has already spent $250-thousand dollars extending a water withdrawal pipe into the middle of the lake to capture the 16 million gallons of water that the city's customers use on an average day.

The next step will be to bring in a barge and begin the process of dredging the lake to 1,030 feet above sea level, or 10 feet deeper than its current bottom. That will allow the city to move its intake 10 feet deeper.

City manager Gerald Blackburn says the city is using emergency funds to pay for the projects, adding, "We'll do whatever we have to.''

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