Like most, you probably don't think twice before turning on your water. Drinking it or flushing the toilet; but little do you know, water in Dothan is a hot commodity and for Dothan residents, it's no secret you've come on hard times.
Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas says, "This is our water supply. If we don't have water, we don't have industry, if we don't have jobs here, we don't have people here."
However, an ongoing study into the city's main life vein, aquifers, shows even though the quantity may be low, the quality is one of the best in the state.
Also, the city's aquifers are recharging.
Still, city officials look towards other long-term water sources like building a reservoir or directly withdrawing it from the river.
Myron Cook with the Geological Survey of AL says, “The city is taking steps with the use of scientific data to be able to develop all the alternative water sources so we won't have to worry in the future.”
The city of Enterprise has its own healthy source of water from an aquifer called, 'salt mountain.'
While the city of Ozark drilled one of the deepest well water aquifers in the state by way of Tuscaloosa, Dothan could soon be on its way to finding its gold mine.
The price tag on the reservoir is around $141-million dollars, while direct withdrawal from the river will cost about $50-million.
The city sets aside $1.5 million dollars to go towards a long-term plan each year.
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