Development Strains Cumberland Plateau Water Supply

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Monteagle has stopped approving water service for new subdivisions inside its water district until the area has an adequate water supply.

Booming development along the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau is stressing the region's water supply.

Officials were worried about the supply even before the summer drought prompted widespread water restrictions.

Monteagle's water source, Laurel Lake Reservoir, is too low for anything but emergency use, and the city is buying all its drinking water from other districts.

State officials say it's hard to maintain an adequate water supply on the plateau even though most utility districts are interconnected and don't have to rely on a single source.

Rollins is seeking state help to fund a portable filtration system that costs $35,000 a day to produce 200,000 gallons of drinking water for the Monteagle area.

He says most subdivisions around Monteagle are developed a few lots at a time, spreading the impact on the water system over time.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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