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Proposed Decatur-Limestone Co. pipeline would bring big cash flow

Decatur could see a 400 percent increase in water sales to Limestone County. Decatur could see a 400 percent increase in water sales to Limestone County.

A Valley utility company is moving forward with plans to pump millions of gallons of water out of town for profit.

The plan would connect Decatur Utilities' water supply to Limestone County via a pipeline that would be built under the Tennessee River, to increase the amount of water sold to the county by 400 percent.

Thursday, the Decatur Utilities board approved the contract with the Limestone County Water & Sewer Board. Currently, DU sells about 1.5 million gallons of water per day to Limestone County. If successful, that amount would rise to about 6 million gallons per day.

When negotiations began on the plan about five years ago, the estimated cost of building the pipeline under the Tennessee River was about $10 million. Limestone County would be responsible for paying that bill.

Decatur city leaders said the money made from this deal would help keep customers' utility rates lower. "It will add a lot of revenue to our system that won't come from our customers, which means we can avoid rate increases in the future," said Ray Harden, General Manager of Decatur Utilities.

"It's a great opportunity for the city of Decatur," said Council President Gary Hammon. "It's a great opportunity for DU, and hopefully, Limestone County considers it a great opportunity for their board also."

Decatur City Council approved the proposed contract at Monday's council meeting. The vote now goes to Limestone County Water & Sewer Board for final approval.

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