Questions loom over Moulton water quality amid complaints, manager fired

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Moulton City Lake’s water supply has the advantage of avoiding any contaminants from the Tennessee River, but the downside has always been bad-tasting drinking water.

“A lot of customers when they walk in and order water, they completely hate the taste of it,” said Bobby Rai’s Sports Grill employee Raigen Harville.

Many Moulton City Council members told News 19 that longtime water treatment superintendent Jerry Johnson has undertaken studies from Auburn University and state agencies to improve the problem. , after a history of detecting algae and geosmin, the latter causing a foul smell.

However, Johnson may soon be out of a job due to harassment allegations announced by Mayor Roger Weatherwax. Officials who spoke off-camera said the claims were unfair and that they oppose the mayor’s plans to fire Johnson in the coming days.

In February, the city filed this application with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for nearly $21 million in water system improvement grants. ADEM said the city should wait for a response before this summer.

For local businesses, the struggle for water continues. “I have to go get bottles of water, or sometimes they don’t ask for ice because they think it’s more because of the ice. But our water system, it tastes completely horrible. And the bottled water prices add up for us,” Harville said.

Mayor Weatherwax’s office and the city attorney did not respond to calls and emails from News 19.

Unnamed city officials said legal representatives for the city and Johnson were scheduled to meet on Wednesday.


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