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Drought threatens Alexander City’s clean water supply

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Officials in Alexander City say the drought that has lowered the water level in nearby Lake Martin to a record low for this time of year is now threatening the drinking water supply for the city and surrounding areas.

Emergency measures are being taken to prevent water levels from getting so low that the Alexander City Water System could no longer draw drinking water from the massive lake, where the yearlong drought has left piers around marinas and lakeside homes on dry ground.

“The water is so low the pumps are shutting down on us,” said Eugene Mahan, superintendent of water treatment.

Divers went into Lake Martin Friday looking for ways to increase the depth around intake pipes that drain water from the lake to the city’s water treatment plant, Mahan said. The system provides drinking water to about 50,000 to 60,000 people in East Central Alabama, including about 15,100 residents of Alexander City.

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