Mid-East Commission: Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The Mid-East Commission partnered with the Greenville Utilities Commission to complete the Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project, the first of its kind in North Carolina. The system uses innovative technology to ensure an adequate water supply to meet 20-year projected water demand needs at a reduced cost. Unprecedented multi-jurisdictional cooperation among 17 water utilities made it feasible to store in excess of 300 million gallons of drinking water underground, a regional solution to a potentially serious water shortage. The commission obtained financing for the project and facilitated communication among multiple communities. The project embodies a long-term, coordinated and collaborative approach to provide the necessary infrastructure to support regional economic development and now serves as a model for North Carolina.

Kevin Richards, Director of Community and Economic Development: [email protected]
Timmy Baynes, Executive Director: [email protected]

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