SPLOST money to help pay for RiverQuarium equipment

SPLOST money to help pay for RiverQuarium equipment

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While business is improving for the Flint RiverQuarium, they need help replacing aging equipment.

The RiverQuarium depends on two "chiller" systems, which cost about $170,000 each, to regulate the climate for the visitors and the attraction's blue hole.

Chief Operating Officer Tommy Gregors says they had to activate a temporary system Friday after one completely failed.

On Monday, he asked commissioners to reallocate SPLOST money in order to purchase a new system immediately.

"This is just very urgent, because of the need to keep our collection alive in the main blue hole and other exhibits, and providing a stable water temperature for the collection," said Gregors.

They plan to raise funds to buy a second one at the same time.

Gregors also told commissioners that this is the first year, since the RiverQuarium opened 11 years ago, that they expect to break even. He also said attendance is up 20%.

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