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Last updated 12:22AM ET
March 3, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
Alexander City Tries to Maximize Lake Martin
(2007-10-16)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Alexander City officials have revealed a plan to maximize water from Lake Martin despite low levels there.

The lake's ability to sufficiently supply water to its estimated 60,000 customers has been questioned, but engineering consultants C-H-2-M Hill developed a plan to use four floating pumps.

Company representative Steve Newton says the supplemental system would be connected to the current intake and would allow water to be pumped directly into the city's main system.

He says it's a unique approach that would give the city more wiggle room.

Officials expect Alexander City's current water intake to start experiencing trouble when the lake drops to 475 feet.

As of last night Lake Martin's water level was at 476.3 feet.

Alabama Power plans to cut flows into the Alabama River by 50 percent, but the company is still predicting the lake will keep dropping possibly as low as 470 feet by the end of the year.

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Information from: Outlook, http://www.alexcityoutlook.com

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