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February 6, 2013

County water projects move forward



In the past, the city ran water to the south side of the county split off Swint Avenue. The city could easily provide for Baldwin and would again, according to Jarrett.

The city is permitted for up to 12.4 million treated gallons a day. Even with the proposed added feed to the county's south side, Jarrett said they could meet the demand.

Tommy French, District 2, said buying water from the city wouldn't solve the infrastructure issues in parts of the county.

Sammy Hall, District 3, said there could never be too much water storage especially in the southern part of the county.

“The city has a system and the county has a system. They are not intertwined,” Hall said. “People talk about merging. Well if we merge, it's to everybody's advantage because it will then be storage the whole community has.”

Craig mentioned the taxpayers would pay for the loan through their water bills.

French said the county would lose its cost effectiveness by not moving forward with the loan and contracting for city water.

“Even if there was an agreement, who is going to take the impact? We have to bite all the costs,” French said. “If something breaks down, we will have to come out of pocket at the last minute to fix that affects 65 percent of the county.”

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