According to a press release, the city “has been approved for up to $1,653,018 to” accomplish the project. These funds were made available to the city at the recommendation of the Talladega County Economic Development Authority, and approved by the Talladega County Commission and the Talladega County legislative delegation.”
In the past, the city has relied on the Tipton Well to produce about 600 gallons of water per minute to the service area surrounding the airport. However, “in recent years, (the well) has shown signs of surface water influence. This necessitates the location and development of a new water source. As part of this project, water lines on Chris Leigh Lane and Jackson Trace Road will be replaced with lines of increased size.”
The funding will come from the 2 cent rural sales tax, which “provides funds to improve the supply and quality of water in north Talladega County, particularly to enhance water supplies and capacities for the communities within north Talladega County and around the Talladega Municipal Airport,” according to the release.
City Manager Brian Muenger said, “These improvements, specifically the redevelopment of the Tipton Well, are essential to the city’s continued provision of water service to the area. This project would not be possible without the assistance of the TCEDA, and the support of the legislative delegation and the county commission. I would like to commend all involved for recognizing the essential nature of this project.”
The project had already been approved by the EDA and the local legislative delegation when the Talladega City Council voted unanimously in favor of it during a called meeting Monday evening. The county commission signed off slightly later Monday night.
Muenger said he expected to have an engineering contract in front of the council in October. “After the approval of this contract, work will commence on the hydro-geological survey and plan development.”
The Tipton Well was drilled 318 feet deep in 1985, and put into service in 1987, serving primarily the area around the track and the airport. The water was chlorinated, but no other filtration had been necessary until recently, when the turbidity of the well water began to increase, particularly after heavy rains.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management estimates that the well would have to be closed in 2014.
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