Commissioner hopes for legislative help amid water concerns

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - As residents scramble for water, and answers, one elected official now looks to Montgomery.

"We going to pass a resolution asking Governor Bentley and the state representatives to get involved," said Lawrence County Commissioner Mose Jones.

He says his concerns are the constituents, many of whom are on fixed income, who he feels shouldn't have to buy water or pay for the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority's upcoming filtration system.

"The customers were not the ones that caused the problem."

But according to a local lawmaker, state intervention is unlikely at this point. Representative Ken Johnson says he cares about this issue immensely; he represents many WMEL customers, and drinks the water everyday.

"I'm consuming it, I have no reservations about it," he said. "At this time, [state lawmakers] just haven't seen evidence."

Rep. Johnson says he, the governor, and other lawmakers aren't being dismissive or making light of the situation; they just want proof.

"This determination was not made by health experts, it was made by a manager and plaintiff attorneys who took it upon themselves to say there's something in the water that isn't safe."

He says lawmakers would happily assist if a proven risk emerges.

"There's nothing to substantiate, at this point, that it's unsafe. We've even heard reports, at this time, that it's non-detectable in some of the samples that's been taken."

The Lawrence County Commission meets Friday.

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