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Water Reservoir Proposal Has Mixed Emotions

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Residents from around the Wiregrass gathered in Daleville on Thursday to voice their opinions about a proposed multi-million dollar water reservoir.

Officials have been looking at several options for 10 years on how to sustain the water supply for Southeast Alabama.

It was a packed house Thursday morning in Daleville as Wiregrass residents gathered to give their opinions regarding Southeast Alabama’s water supply.

Officials have been trying to find ways to sustain the water supply for the future.

They feel building a water reservoir would be the best long term plan.

Choctawhatchee River Authority Chairman Steve Stevens said, "We've got to do the same for our kids and our grandkids and for the community, to make sure that we have the necessary water available to support this area down the road."

The proposed water reservoir would be located on the Little Choctawhatchee River in Dale and Houston counties.

It would take up more than 1600 acres.

And, while some officials believe this is the best option, others aren't so convinced.

“This reservoir will suppose to produce drinking water, but the discharge from the two sewage plants will dip into the reservoir, isn't that true," a resident asked officials Thursday.

"Isn't there a better solution to drinking sewage water," another asked.

"Placing the reservoir downstream near the drainage area of a rapidly growing city just doesn’t seem like the best idea to me," exclaimed another resident.

While officials were drilled with questions, comments and inquiries, they feel the meeting was necessary to determining if they should move forward with the project.

Hydrogeology Group Manager Marlon Cook said, "I think it went well because there are a lot of issues related to surface water development."

And, those issues along with residents concerns' will be looked at thoroughly.

Officials say if the reservoir process is accepted, it will still take a number of years to get started on it.

And, the communities say, does have the possibility to putting an end to it if they feel it is not the best route to take.

Officials with the Watershed Management Authority are currently in the process of preparing application permits for the Corp of Engineers and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.


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