Alternatives sought to water woes here

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Alternatives on how to avoid water shortages as feared during last summer's heat wave and the related drought are to be explored at Henry Horton State Park on Thursday when the Duck River Agency's Board of Directors convenes for its quarterly meeting.

One of the ideas is to have a pipe to transfer water from Tims Ford Lake, which is fed by the Elk River, to the Duck River below the Normandy Lake dam to maintain river flow through Shelbyville as well as water reserves for the utility serving Tullahoma and Manchester, according to the river agency's executive director and chairman of the board.

"That's one of the suggestions from TVA in 2000," River Agency Executive Director Doug Murphy said Monday when asked about the plan described by Freddie Stacey of Lewisburg, chairman of the agency's board.

Drought severely lowered the level of Normandy Lake last year. To retain supply for drinking water services, the agency persuaded the state to get TVA to release water at a reduced rate. It was a complicated matter since TVA is required to maintain the flow of water through Shelbyville.

See Wednesday's Tribune for the complete story.