Atlanta’s new $11.6 million dollar drill, to be used to create a 30-day water supply for the city, finally has a name. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that after a naming competition was held to name the piece of equipment, the city has landed on quite possibly the best choice of the 700+ submissions — “Driller Mike.”
Killer Mike, one half of Run The Jewels, couldn’t have been happier with the competition’s outcome telling the crowd, “Before I die, I want a street named after me, maybe Michael Render Way, but this is a great midlife goal. This is truly an honor.” The Atlanta rapper even took time out to take pictures with fans at today’s opening ceremony.
The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management made the name official today with an unveiling event showing the drill along with the person its named after, Killer Mike. Wednesday’s event included a demonstration of “Driller Mike’s” 12 foot rotating diamond head and how they planned to use it. The 400-foot device will be used at Bellwood Quarry in northwest Atlanta where they will begin reinventing the quarry into a reservoir.
Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, spoke at the ceremony saying, “The reinvention of this quarry as a reservoir and as a surrounding park is one of the most creative land reclamation projects going on in the city of Atlanta.” The $300 million dollar project is projected to finish in December of 2018. That gives Mike plenty of time to namedrop it in a new RTJ song, right?