Algood City Council unanimously approved an agreement to provide water to residents of the Green Mountain region.
“The folks needed water and one of the county’s objectives was to look at areas that weren’t being served by clean drinking water,” City Administrator Keith Morrison said. “This was one of those areas. We worked out this opportunity with the county to do a cost share.”
The county will pay some $150,000 of the $270,000 project. Algood will recoup its $120,000 investment through tap fees and an additional monthly fee over the next 25 years. Morrison said the city needed at least 12 additional taps. Right now, it has 15 homeowners willing to make the commitment.
“They are on board and willing to pay for this,” Morrison said.
The city will install pipes to the Green Mountain area as well as a booster station on Spring Creek to push the water up the hill to the Green Mountain area. Homeowners in the area have sulfur in their water that makes it undrinkable at times.
The project will now be moved to the bidding process. The city also approved beginning the bid process on a new Buck Mountain water pump to expand water flow and pressure in that area. The $165,000 project cost will be partially paid for by a state of Tennessee grant.
Morrison said he hopes the city can save money by bidding the construction of the two projects together.