That is, after all, why the Coosa Valley Water Authority was begun in the first place: Officials in and around the Coosa River were searching for a more cost-effective way to supply water to their citizens, and in a more reliable way than simply drilling for a well. That is why Springville, Pell City, Odenville Utilities and St. Clair County signed on to the project, as well.
The project, which came online in the fall of 2011, is now experiencing its first major hiccup: reverse flows that have caused discolored water for many customers in Pell City.
Those customers had the opportunity to air their concerns at a public hearing Tuesday, and many of them did just that.
They should. And more importantly, it is their duty to do so. If this water source is to be the future for not only the county but the region as well, issues like this must be brought to light, the better to solve them and move on.
Paul Manning, who serves as chairman for the authority’s board, believes that one of the keys to the growth for this area is a dependable water source. And he is right. And that is why this issue must be addressed and resolved as quickly as possible.