Drought May Affect Tallapoosa County Drinking Water Supply

Lake Martin
Lake Martin

Alabama's ongoing drought is threatening the drinking supply in Tallapoosa County. But there may be a solution in the works.

More than 50,000 people get their water from Lake Martin. The level of the lake is dangerously low. If it drops any lower, it could fall below Alex City's underwater intake pumps.

So the city is taking action. Monday night, officials gave the go ahead to a private engineering company to install floating pumps on the lake. The question is -- can do they do it in time?

The lake has dropped two feet in just the past two months.

"We're using best professional judgement at this point as to what the critical elevation would be when we start having problems," said Steve Norton of CH2M Hill engineering firm. "Right now, they pumps are doing fine. The thing that's not working in our favor is that the pool is dropping quickly."

The supplemental pumping system will take about two weeks to install. Customers won't see an increase on their bill because the government is expected to pick up the tab.

Reporter: Mark Bullock