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Ask The Times: Cedar Creek Reservoir holds more than 1B gallons
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get it answered. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

How much water is stored in the Cedar Creek reservoir? What is the daily sustaining inflow into the reservoir? If water is ever treated and pumped out, how long could the reservoir sustain a rate of say 10 million gallons a day?

Cedar Creek Reservoir stores 1.161 billion gallons of water, according to the state’s Environmental Protection Division.

Water flows into the reservoir from the Cedar Creek watershed and can be pumped from the North Oconee River. With those inflows, if the reservoir is operating at maximum design capacity, a continuous 7.4 million gallons per day on an annual average can be withdrawn.

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the storage amount for the reservoir.

Will Hall County taxpayers be required to pay property tax bills in one payment or two payments for 2012?

Hall County spokeswoman Nikki Young said just one payment will be required in 2012.

After confusion about the two-payment method used in 2011, the commissioners agreed to go back to one payment for the tax year that began Jan. 1.

Property taxes will be due Dec. 1. Bills will be mailed at least 60 days in advance.

Taxpayers still may opt to pay their taxes in installments before the due date.

Contact the tax commissioner’s office at 770-531-6950 for more information.

Why are the traffic lights on Ga. 53 through Mundy Mill Road and on Winder Highway numbered?

Stan Brown, Oakwood city manager, said the numbers were installed about a year ago to help mostly with truck traffic coming to the area from Interstate 85.

“It’s important that we don’t get trucks down on local streets that really aren’t able to accommodate those trucks,” Brown said. “So the idea being that if someone getting off 85 trying to get to our industrial park, they can be given a signal number to turn on to route them a little bit better.”

Mayor Lamar Scroggs, a truck driver, suggested the numbering. The city provided the signs and had the stateDepartment of Transportation install them.

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