Greene Co.

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 31, 2006

residents get a new drink

By Jamie Alich/The Demopolis Times

GREENE COUNTY &8212; A few residents of Greene County will have something to look forward to as the year progress.

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The USDA has provided approximately $10.1 million

in loans and grants to improved the county&8217;s water system.

The problem with a lot of Greene County&8217;s water is that wells in the middle of the county are mostly brine water, which is great for the shrimp industry. Also, a few residents have wells that extremely contaminated.

The modernized system will connect the two existing halves of the Greene County system, which, in the long run, will save the county money.

The new wells are and tanks are being built, and at least 25 percent of the water lines have already been installed.

The new system will also be available to be used as a back up system in times of crisis.

The Forkland project is expected to be finished within three months. The entire project is set to be finished by May of next year.

Not only will the new system provide water to residents, it will also make the billing process and maintainence easier.

Instead of it taking up to three weeks to read meter readings now, the new system will all be computerized. This will allow whoever is reading the meters to do the work in two days.