Dothan-Enterprise Joint Water Project FAQ

The mayors of Dothan and Enterprise have met to discuss a joint venture to tap a deep water aquifer.

The rapid business and residential growth in both Dothan and Enterprise has officials looking at the future.

Both cities support a manmade above ground water reservoir, but such a venture could be decades from reality.

In the meantime, Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell says he and Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas are looking at tapping into the Tuscaloosa Aquifer, 2000 feet below the ground's surface.

"We, along with Dothan are looking at the long term solution; in that we can work together in order to find solutions in regard to our future water needs," says Boswell.

Enterprise Public Works Director, Alan Mahan, says the city has plenty of water. However, tapping into the deep ground aquifer would ensure availability years from now.

"By tapping into the aquifer, it would allow us a tremendous rate per minute in regard to gallons of water," said Mahan

For those Enterprise businesses where water is essentially the main life line of the company, new water sources make a lot of sense.

"Enterprise has a good water supply, and it's encouraging to hear they are looking for even more sources of water," said Eric Crowder with Crystal Clear Car Wash.

The cost estimate for tapping into the Tuscaloosa Aquifer is around $10-million dollars. At this time, the City of Ozark is tapped into the Tuscaloosa Aquifer.

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