HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A decision at Madison County Commission is keeping clean water at your fingertips.
"We've entered into a long term agreement to secure one of our wells for additional years," said Commission Chairman Dale Strong.
Madison County has been using the Howard family well since 1984. The new deal extends the relationship for 25 more years.
Demand has gone up as the city grows, so the county water department has been seeking out more water sources since 2003.
"We have not been able to find wells with a significant amount of water," said Fritz Mucke, the director of the Madison County Water Department.
Mucke says the wells the county did find had water quality issues, which means the county would have to shell out more money to get the water treated to make it safe for everyday consumption.
The Howard well is a safe and less expensive solution.
"We continue to have a good safe supply of water that's still economical for the water system to use," said Mucke.
The county used to pay a bulk $200 monthly fee for water. The new deal announced at commission will cost the county $0.35 per thousand gallons.
Commissioner Strong says the well is a way to stay ahead of the curve before the demand outweighs the supply, plus the new contract will not cost extra for the taxpayers.
"There won't be any increase in water rates as a subject of this," said Mucke.
"Not only do we have a solution for the next ten or fifteen years, but here's a solution for the next fifty years," said Commissioner Strong.
The county currently gets water from a number of sources, including Huntsville Utilities. The county purchases 2 million gallons a day from the company, and they are now working on a water treatment facility in Marshall County.