Bonnaroo Wants Water

Cooling fountain at Bonnaroo

Cooling fountain at Bonnaroo


Jeff Cuellar, vice president of strategic partnerships at AC Entertainment, addressed the Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee last week about bringing water to the Bonnaroo site. He said it’s the vital backbone they’re missing.
Permanent bathrooms and showers are the types of structures Cuellar hopes to see built on the site.
According a report in the Tullahoma News Cuellar says that engineers estimate that it would cost around $2.5 million to bring water to the farm.
Commissioner Bobby Bryan suggested that the Hillsville Utility District could meet Bonnaroo’s water needs. Cuellar responded, “Hillsville doesn’t have our water rights anymore. Manchester has our water rights.”
“I can tell you right now that Manchester can’t support the water load based on their current infrastructure,” said Cuellar. “There would have to be some improvements to handle our entire load.
The budget and finance committee expressed the desire to upgrade infrastructure to meet Bonnaroo’s future needs rather than its current needs.
Cuellar agreed, “Once you upgrade you don’t want to have to go back and redo it.”
The $2.5 million estimate provided by Cuellar does not include the infrastructure upgrades Manchester would be required to complete in order to fully meet Bonnaroo’s needs.
The closest waterlines have pipes with 9-inch diameters. According to Cuellar, a 12-inch diameter would be more suitable to meet the volume of water Bonnaroo would need in such a short time period.
Also up in the air is how this project will be funded. Manchester, Coffee County, AC Entertainment, Live Nation and Superfly are the parties that would benefit from infrastructure upgrades throughout the city and on the site.
The report says that Cuellar suggested that both Manchester and Coffee County look into outside funding from Urban Action Development Grants.
Commissioner Steven Jones and Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell said they will get with Manchester City officials to discuss their course of action.
Bonnaroo provides approximately $1 million of revenue to the county through sales tax, ticket revenue and permits.