Watershed Officials Prepare For Future Droughts 3-28-2011 - WSMV News 4

Watershed Officials Prepare For Future Droughts 3-28-2011

Reported by Alan Frio
TULLAHOMA, Tenn.
About 250,000 people depend on Normandy Lake for their water needs, from Coffee and Bedford counties to the more populated Maury County.

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"Within the next 50 years, we are expecting to double the number of water users," said Doug Murphy of the Duck River Water Authority.
The plan is to raise the water levels at Normandy Lake by 5 feet. It would also mean raising the dam that hold back the water, at a cost of $62 million.
Why is the additional water space so vital? More water means more options.
"It will mean 5 billion more gallons of water to get through a sustained two- or three-year drought," said Murphy.
The plan to raise the water level is still three to five years away. If there's a severe drought in the watershed before that time, Murphy said, it will probably mean a water shortage.
"A severe drought like the one that occurred in 2007, would mean a water deficit of 4 million gallons a day. For water users downstream from Normandy Lake, it would mean water restrictions," said Murphy.
The DRA said water users would probably have to foot the $62 million bill for the project.

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