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Decatur drilling for new water wells

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DECATUR -- The city of Decatur is trying to tap into new water sources, but the well-drilling project may soon affect your water bill.

Right now crews are testing 17 different sites, trying to find enough water-bearing sand to build new production wells.

Director of Water Management Keith Alexander told WAND adding these new water sources will cost up to $1.4 million.

That means your water rates could go up, too.

"We certainly have to look at the potential for water rate increases to pay for these additional water resources," Alexander said.

Alexander said the city also incurred "quite a bit of expense" from other emergency water supplies used during the summer drought.

Over the next few weeks, a consulting firm will recommend which sites can be turned into new wells. The city says those new wells will be built and pumping water before summertime.

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