U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced committee approval of the fiscal year 2010 Interior Appropriations bill. This legislation includes $6 million for the construction of a drinking water reservoir in Fayette County, Alabama. Following today’s action by the committee, the bill will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.
“Cities have a responsibility to provide clean water to their residents and businesses,” said Shelby. “Construction of a new drinking water reservoir in Fayette County will not only serve current users, but will also prepare the region for future growth and development.”
The drinking water reservoir will provide a dependable water supply for Fayette County as well as Marion, Lamar, and Walker Counties. Limited water resources have hampered the region’s economic development. The lack of a dependable water supply in this area has been an impediment to future economic growth. The construction and completion of this water reservoir would create a 100 year water source for northwest Alabama.