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LAWRENCE AND MORGAN COUNTIES, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Utilities says they will work in coordination with the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority (WMELWA) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to provide drinking water to the customers of that water authority.

WMELWA had previously told customers it was not safe to drink the water from them because of high levels of PFC compounds, specifically PFOA and PFOS. The compounds are part of the production process of Teflon and a number of plastics. They have been linked to multiple types of cancer and a number of other health ailments.

Decatur Utilities says the water became available to WMELWA customers at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. They say they can provide 2.8 million gallons per day to the authority.

“DU has excess production capacity at its water treatment plant,” said General Manager Ray Hardin. “We are happy to come to the aid of neighboring communities as they work through this difficult issue.”

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