Deep Water Well Up and Running in Ozark

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

Members of the Ozark Utilities board run their hands under a water faucet.

But the water isn't from your everyday water supply well, that's unless you're an Ozark resident.

"We really were not having a water shortage problem. But we wanted to find out if we could get water from the Tuscaloosa Aquifer." says Ozark Utilities General Manager Don Hallford.

Which they did from a well which sits in an inconspicuous place off of a dirt road on Highway 123 in Ozark.

Water is pumped from the well, to a nearby tower and into the homes of Ozark residents.

"Being able to obtain water from this aquifer gives Ozark a very dependable water supply for the next 50 years." concluded Hallford.

At a cost of more than 2.1 million dollars and the projects taken 5 years to complete.

Studies from Geological Survey of Alabama proved Ozark as the place to dig the well, at a depth of more than 27-hundred feet.

"We do this kind of research all the time. But it's not often that we see the data be used for a practical purpose." says Marlon Cook with the Geological Survey of Alabama.

The wells' motor operates off of 300 horse-powers and pumps about 1 million gallons of water daily and get this only half of the city is using that supply.

In the meantime, the 7 other wells in Ozark will have time to recharge because they're not being used much

Utility officials say Ozark customers won't see a rise in their utility payments.

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