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Decatur Officials Concerned About Drinking Water

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 11:55 PM CDT
DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council will consider a measure to better protect the city's drinking water.

The city is concerned about a bridge resurfacing project over Lake Decatur. The intake for the city's South Water Treatment Plant, which processes residents' drinking water, lies near the U.S. 51 bridge.

Decatur officials believe that run off or spills could occur from the project.

To protect the drinking water, the city will add a closed drainage system as part of the project.

"We have lots of things in place to prevent jeopardizing drinking water," said Ryan McCrady, Decatur City Manager. "This will just be another measure of safety. We have no concerns about the roadway over the lake and the opportunity was perfect with the state doing the work on the bridge decks anyways."

The city council will consider to pay for the cost of the system, which is estimated to be $420,000. Money would come from the city's water fund.

The project is estimated to begin later this year and end in 2016.Decatur Officials Concerned About Drinking Water

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