Town of Cottonwood to Revamp Sewage System

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The town of Cottonwood is using nearly $400,000 dollars for sewer line improvements.

A community development block grant will be used to replace Cottonwood's clay sewer lines.

The lines are damaged, which caused the town's wastewater plant to overflow.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has been fining the city thousands of dollars since 2003.

Cottonwood Mayor Lomax Smith says the replacements will benefit the area's economy. "It'll cease our fines from ADEM and the lagoon will work a lot more efficiently. For our sewer customers that we have it'll benefit them greatly by it working more efficiently. It'll cut down on labor costs," he explains.

The funds were made available to the state through a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.