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West Lawrence Co-Op admits there’s a lot of confusion about water situation

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The West Lawrence Water Co-Op board met on June 3 and admits there's a lot of confusion about the new recommendation to not drink tap water. (Photo: David Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

The West Lawrence Water Co-Op board met on June 3 and admits there’s a lot of confusion about the new recommendation to not drink tap water. (Photo: David Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

MT. HOPE, Ala. – If we could sum up the West Lawrence Water Co-Op press conference in one word, it would be confusion.

Friday morning, board members said they are getting conflicting advice from the government office and the Environmental Protection Agency on how to handle the water warning.

They are trying to come up with a plan to help their customers. So far, they are looking into shifting some of their customers over to Moulton and Russellville water. If they decide to do that, only 300 homes would be able to be moved over.

The rest of the homes will need to rely on bottled water or filters. All of these issues are going to cause big revenue problems for West Lawrence Water Co-Op, according to Chairman Wendell Mitchell.

“We have been told that we will see a price increase in the water from East Morgan and it is not a small increase,” said Mitchell.

“It’s going to cost us roughly $31,000 a month, and will have to pass this rate increase this large on,” said General Manager Kevin Martin.

WHNT News 19 has received several questions from viewers who are impacted by the water warning. We took those to the board and they were able to answer a few of them:

  • They said this will affect domestic and farm animals because it is going to cost a lot more to take care of them.
  • Several people asked if it is harmful to swim in a pool.  The water co-op said it is only dangerous if you drink the water.
  • Lastly, people are wondering if they will still be charged for a water bill.  The answer is yes. The only way you will not receive a bill is if you have your meter completely shut off.