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Joe Earle Posted by on July 3, 2016.

Atlanta Watershed seeks public help to name its big digging machine

What to call it? The Tunnel Master? The Water Monster? The Big Bore?

Atlanta city officials have received the big machine that will bore tunnels to increase the city’s water supply. Now they want to give the 400-foot-long machine its own nickname.

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“Now, more than 130 years after Atlanta acquired its first dependable water system in the late 1800s, we are working to ensure a sustainable and modern water infrastructure for the city,” Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia Powell said in a city press release.

“This machine represents the next century of clean water for our community, and that’s why we’re so excited to have the public help name it.”

If you have an idea for a moniker for the machine (It’s official name is “the tunnel boring machine.”) go to h2o4atl.com. Three finalists will be announced Aug. 5.

The city’s Watershed Department says it also had launched an Instagram account to track the machine’s progress.

The $11.6 million boring machine will excavate rocks to create a tunnel 12 feet in diameter, connecting the Chattahoochee River and the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant to the former Bellwood quarry, as part of an effort to increase Atlanta’s water supply.

The water supply program is scheduled for completion by December 2018.