Morgan County water system receives grant for repairs and upgrad

Morgan County water system receives grant for repairs and upgrades

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A garden of marigolds, geraniums, and petunias is a point of pride for Wilma Brown. Water is part of what helps her green thumb. A garden of marigolds, geraniums, and petunias is a point of pride for Wilma Brown. Water is part of what helps her green thumb.
Repairing the deteriorating plant should start by the first of this year and should wrap up within 12 months. Repairing the deteriorating plant should start by the first of this year and should wrap up within 12 months.
There are plans to turn the historic Brushy Mountain prison site into a tourist attraction with camping, gift shops, as well as a distillery. There are plans to turn the historic Brushy Mountain prison site into a tourist attraction with camping, gift shops, as well as a distillery.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) - Big changes are coming to a small town in Morgan County when it comes to their current water system. The Office of Surface Mining and Enforcement has awarded grant money to fix water lines in Petros. County leaders say it will help with the quality of good clean drinking water.

A garden of marigolds, geraniums, and petunias is a point of pride for Wilma Brown.

"I love outside flowers. I have them every summer," she said.

Water is part of what helps her green thumb. 

"Depending on the weather, [I water] sometimes daily," said Brown.

For homeowners like Brown in Petros, who rely on water from the Cumberland Utility District, there's good news. A $400,000 grant has been awarded in order to upgrade the water lines from a water treatment plant in the Petros community.

"A line from the water source, which is the old mines, that we'll place a 16 inch line to the reservoir which is about 5,800 feet," said Cumberland Utility District Chairman Jackie Jackson.

Repairing the deteriorating plant should start by the first of this year and should wrap up within 12 months. Jackson believes it's an investment for the future and hopes over the next few years that "we can reduce the cost of water to the customer."

This grant money has an even bigger impact for Petros and Morgan County.

"Well in this particular case it's going to help us with the development of the Brushy Mountain Project which our anticipation is for jobs," said Morgan County Executive Don Edwards.

There are plans to turn the historic prison site into a tourist attraction with camping, gift shops, as well as a distillery.

"Because they're going to need large quantities of safe water in order to develop their product," added Edwards.

For those who won't just be traveling through but setting down roots Brown says, "Improvement is always good."

This is the largest grant Morgan County has ever received from the Office of Surface Mining.

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