2 rural communities to finally get public water

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Two communities in Carter County will soon have enough water to wash their clothes -- and even their cars -- without running out.

The Johnson City Press reports that in about two months, residents of Little Milligan and Fish Springs will have public water. It has taken nearly 11 years to complete the project, which was delayed after several water sources fell through.

After the last failure, project engineer Gary Tysinger said the Watauga River Regional Water Authority developed a water source under its own control.

With a reliable water source in place, the roughly $3 million for the project was put to use.

Pipelines were laid last year along the roads and hollows in the mountainous community. And during this year's mild weather, a storage tank and treatment facility went up.

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