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Communities Prepare For Potential Water Shortage

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by Janet Kim

COLUMBIA, Tenn.- Recent talks about a proposed landfill in Middle Tennessee has brought up a decades old discussion about water resources in the region. Maury County leaders believe in just a few years, they could be dealing with a major water shortage.

The Duck River has been under close study for decades, but recent discussion about a proposed landfill near the river brought up concerns not only about the quality of the water but also the quantity.

Maury County Mayor Jim Bailey said the most recent U.S. Geological Survey estimates there could be a water shortage by 2030.

"When you have a problem and you want to water your yard but you can't except every three days, that gets people's attention," said Bailey. "You're really up a creek."

Some of the proposed solutions included either raising the Normandy Dam five feet or adding a new water intake in Williamsport.

The issue has been discussed as far back as the 1960s when the TVA started building a dam in Columbia. It was torn down in 1999.

Some residents believe the dam would have solved these upcoming water supply issues.

"I think it's sad because we need our water," said Dorothy Carroll, a Maury County resident. "I wish when they built the dam, they would've let them keep it."

The Nature Conservancy Representatives in Columbia said extreme measures were not necessary. They said there should be sufficient water supply with good management and enough rain.

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