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Limestone Water Authority accepts Decatur deal for more water

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The Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority Board voted 4-1 to accept a deal with Decatur Utilities and will build a pipeline under the Tennessee River. According to board members, it will have no affect on rates for customers.

Water Authority General Manager Byron Cook said the decision to buy water from Decatur Utilities is about how much water can be obtained to match continued growth in Limestone County.

Authority officials expect to spend nearly $18 million on infrastructure costs. Most of that, $14 million, will be for the pipeline under the river. That will allow Limestone County to access 20 million gallons of water per day. They currently buy about 8 million gallons a day from three outside sources.

With more commercial development expected to come in and with population growth, board members said they will need much more in the future. The deal with Decatur Utilities is a 20-year contract. Athens Utilities and Huntsville Utilities made offers, but board members said they could not provide the water capacity the Decatur can.

The Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority is its own business. None of the costs will be paid by the county.

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