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Lowndes Co. Raw Sewage Possible Solution?

LOWNDES CO., AL (WSFA) -

The ball is in these Gordonville residents court.

"Definitely needed, if we don't get this, this time. I don't know when we will get it," Gordonville Mayor Willie C. Davis. said.

Health department officials have classified Gordonville is a top priority. And that's why the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise and city officials are pushing so hard for residents to agree on a solution.

"There are people who are going to start complaining when it gets hot, they can smell it. And some people it's running onto their property.we saw one place where cows were walking through it," Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Director Catherine Flowers said.

Officials say some state money is available to provide two free waste water treatment systems that would supply about 70 homes; a $350,000 grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

But residents have to decide if that's what they want. Many residents expressed concern, posed questions and uneasiness about agreeing to the solution, saying it's not enough.

"People are saying, well you'll ain't doing nothing. But now we got an opportunity to do something and they don't want to do nothing," Davis said.

But officials say it's a start to a long process.

"It may not be the best solution, but it's the only solution we have this community right now," Flowers said.

Residents will have to pass a city ordinance. Officials say if approved, construction of the new waste water treatment systems would start in January.

The Gordonville Town Council plans to meet this Saturday to discuss the city ordinance that must be passed to get the water treatment systems.

The decision lies in the hands of the residents.  If they vote no, it could be two, or three years, or maybe longer for another funding opportunity to arise.

Some 3,000 people throughout Lowndes county are affected by the problem.

Tuesday, several of them plan to use the Selma to Montgomery march to bring attention to the issue.

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