Madison County homeowners could be writing their water bill checks to someone new in a few years.
The Madison County Commission wants all county homeowners to know they will not run out of water anytime soon, but there is a concern about the county's current water situation.
"I look at this issue as not being a water shortage, but a lack of effective use of water that would allow us to have conservation as well as preservation of that asset," said Commissioner Bob Harrison.
Harrison isn't ready to give up on the county having its own system.
He says the county facility has several dozen leaks. One worker says some of the leaks were fixed, but it may be best to come up with another plan.
"We feel we have exhausted our capability to find what the real number is, or if it is 30%, we'll come back to the commission at a later date to get us some help," said one water facility worker.
Commissioner Phil Riddick says the water facility is reaching its production capacity.
"Do we sell the system, do we merge with Huntsville Utilities, or what do we do," asked Riddick.
Riddick wants the commission to consider forming a long-term agreement with Huntsville Utilities. The county already has the ability to buy water from HU if necessary.
Water officials are looking for more water resources, but have not found any yet. The Madison County Commission will continue to discuss the possibilities to decide what to do in a few years.