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Madison Co., Huntsville Utilities in 'historic' water agreement

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The county approved a water sharing agreement with Huntsville Utilities on Wednesday. The county approved a water sharing agreement with Huntsville Utilities on Wednesday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Big changes are coming for Madison County water customers, and it's all aimed at saving money and easing the strain on the county's water supply.

The county approved a water sharing agreement with Huntsville Utilities on Wednesday. It will allow the county to have better access to clean drinking water for all 80,000 customers at a better price.

County Chairman Dale Strong said this will allow a more long-term plan for supply. During the summer months, the Madison County Water Department often borrows hundreds of thousands of gallons a day at an emergency rate much higher than the now-agreed rate with Huntsville Utilities.

Strong said a water treatment facility is in the works in Marshall County that could help treat water for all of North Alabama. Huntsville City Council and Huntsville Utilities still have to officially approve the plan as well, but commissioners are hopeful. Strong said this has been a long time coming.

"The big thing I am looking for, and I saw when this commission came together – we need a solution. Rather than continuing to drill wells, not finding sufficient water sources, we are teaming with Huntsville Utilities. This is something that should have been done years ago," said Strong.

Strong called Wednesday's plan a historic agreement. He said he hopes this will encourage other governments to do the same.

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