Article by: Allen Worrell
The first Self-Help water project in Carroll County was a great success. Not only did the community members of Happy Hollow acquire drinking water, they also formed a tight-knit community. Bonni Bowers said it bestl, "Our community has really grown and now we know who our neighbors are. You are no longer waving at a neighbor you don't know. You know that person will get out in that ditch and work, and you have confidence in that person." These community members came together to volunteer and installed 5,200 feet of water lines, 20 connections and fire hydrants.
In order to bring county water to Happy Hollow Road, citizens had to install pipe, conduct traffic, operate equipment, provide meals for workers, etc... On Monday, October 27th, 2008, ground broke for the first Self-Help water project in the county's history. The Department of Housing and Community Development grants along with the commuity labor lessened the cost of accessing water for the area.
Article by: Christopher Brooke
As the Happy Hollow project gets underway, community members envision a brighter future. The rewards for the community will be great and not just in the availability of water, but the opportunities it brings.