I have lived in Vidalia for over 50 years and love the community that has elected me as its Mayor. I have deep roots in the City government. In fact, my Father was the Mayor of Vidalia from 1966 to 1973. I served on the Vidalia City Council for 16 years starting in 1977. I began my first term as Mayor January 5, 1994, making me the 29th Mayor of Vidalia. I am currently in my fourth term.
Vidalia has grown tremendously in the last ten years economically, agriculturally, and industrially. We have strengthened our workforces by encouraging commercial growth in our community. We currently have a Community Center that offers a home for the Senior Citizens and other civic groups and community events.
As most of you know, our city is known as the “Sweet Onion City”. Our community has prospered greatly because of our ability to grow the sweetest onions in the World! Each spring, we celebrate the arrival of our onions with the Vidalia Onion Festival. For festival information go to www.vidaliaonionfestival.com
While you are here we would also like to invite you to visit our Downtown area where you’ll find several interesting retail shops. We are part of the Georgia Main Street City Association. This program allows our City to recruit new retail businesses to our historic downtown. In addition, we keep the local merchants involved to help maintain the appearance and economic growth of this historic district.
The current period of growth and development has brought a new quality of life to our Community that we would love for you to see. We are a friendly city and encourage you to visit during our Onion Festival Weekend where you’ll have an abundance of family oriented events to attend. Thank you again for coming to our website and hope to see you soon.
Ronnie A. Dixon Mayor
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Citizens of Vidalia,
The City of Vidalia has received two phone calls this morning concerning E.Coli being present in our water system. Both of the
individuals on the phone stated that they heard our water system was contaminated with E.Coli. This information is FALSE! The
tests have been returned to us and all of them returned negative for any bacteria. We routinely sample 15 locations in the water system per month with a total of 45 separate sites being tested each quarter to ensure that our water is free of any bacteriological substances. Our trained staff collects these samples in accordance to the rules and guidelines as set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Occasionally, you may experience red or brown water; this is not a health concern. Red/brown water is the result of the water reacting with the older metal water lines throughout the City creating rust in the water. This condition typically results when our water department has conducted maintenance on the lines, a water break, or fire hydrants being illegally opened or used to fight fires, flush the water system, etc. Should you experience red/brown please call our water department at 537-4566 to report it so the water mains can be flushed in your area.
I would encourage everyone to continue to drink, cook, and do any other routine activity using the City of Vidalia's water.