Our view: Water district provides for county's future
Aug 18, 2010 | 1283 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After years of planning, St. Clair County is about one year away from having a long-term answer to worries about its water supply. The multi-million-dollar water treatment plant under construction off Alabama 144 is expected to provide fresh water from the Coosa River to county residents for the next 40 years.

Project Manager Mike Walraven says the plant is 40 percent complete and on schedule. It should start pumping in August 2011, he says.

The new plant will begin producing 3 million gallons a day, half its actual capacity. The plant is being built with an eye toward expansion — the water lines are sized to accommodate 12 million gallons a day — so when the need arises and state regulators approve it, a second water treatment plant can be built right beside this one on property the water district already owns.

Walraven said using surface water was preferable in the long term because St. Clair County’s rapid growth would deplete the groundwater if pumping continued at its current pace.

To make the project a reality, four St. Clair entities agreed to form a countywide water district, the Coosa Valley Water Supply District. Participating are the County Commission, the city of Pell City, the city of Springville and Odenville Utilities. Walraven complimented their efforts: “Nobody works together like the cities in St. Clair County.”

Water district Chairman Paul Manning said the vision in creating the district was to provide safe drinking water for the entire county. He encouraged the other towns in St. Clair County to join the district. “This is a way we can all work together,” he said. “The future is in our hands.”

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