New Water Works System for Opelika, Ala.
A proposal for the issuance of $225,000 in bonds will be subnvtted for the approval of the citizens of Opelika, Ala., the city council of that municipality has decided, for the purpose of providing an adequate water supply. The vote will be taken on October 14. It is proposed to develop property about five miles south of Opelika.
The springs flow from the side of a small mountain, and even in this extreme and unprecedented drought, have maintained a steady daily flow of nearly two million gallons, which the section has experienced. It is estimated that by proper developing, the capacity of these springs may be increased 25 per cent.
This movement by the Opelika city council followed a report made by Consulting Engineer Toten, of Birmingham, who has made a survey and study of local conditions and how best to meet them.
It is proposed to keep the present water system, to be held in reserve, which, with the new water system will afford a daily supply of about three million gallons, sufficient to provide for a city several times larger than Opelika. It is proposed to install an up-to-date system for adequate fire protection by laying new pipe lines and erecting water towers.
The proceeds of the proposed bond issue will take care of all this improvement. The bonds will run for thirty years, to bear not over five and one-half per cent per annum, and all to be retired by the end of the 30-year period.
It is said that there will be practically no opposition to the project.
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