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Council discussing project to dredge Lake Decatur

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Decatur - The city council will meet this Tuesday night to discuss a 90 million dollar project to dredge Lake Decatur and restore the city's water supply.

 

Even though the price might be high, the water rate hike already pays for it and the dividends in the community will be far greater.

 

Most of the lake has not been fully dredged since it was built in the 1920's. That means in some areas feet of sediment have built up occupying the space where millions of gallons of water could go. 

 

Dredging basins one through four would mean 30-percent more water capacity or 52 days more water in a time of drought. 

 

City Manager Ryan McCrady says it would be the solution to our water problem. They won't pay for the project all at once.  The city will get bonds to pay for dredging, spreading it out over 20 years and paying for it with water revenue. 

 

For approval, the city council will have to agree on the project. 

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