Groundbreaking Ceremony Held in Reform for New Water Upgrades

Jonathan Bonner, Councilman Charlie Hagan, Councilman Malcolm Giles, Councilwoman Pat Wheat, Mayor Melody Davis, Senator Gerald Allen, State Representative Ron Bolton, and West Alabama Regional Commissioner Pamela Trammell

By Donna Bain
Staff Writer

The City of Reform held its groundbreaking ceremony on January 5, 2023, to kick off the beginning of a five-year construction project that includes a water test well, a new water well, a monitoring well, a new water storage tank, a new water treatment plant, and new pipes within the water pipeline system. The second part of this project will include the construction of two new lift stations, upgrades and improvements to the current lift stations, and improvements with the city’s sewer system.

This couldn’t have come at a better time as some of Reform’s citizens have been without water from the recent cold temperatures for two weeks.

“This has caused havoc,” said Mayor Melody Davis of Reform. “We have a lot of elderly people that couldn’t bathe or wash clothes or just get water to drink. It’s been tough for the residents as well as our employees. We’ve had people who were out of water on Christmas. That’s supposed to be a time spent with family. It was a big inconvenience. I just don’t want it to happen again. Until we get this water system redone, it’s quite unfortunate, but it could happen again. It makes me feel good that we will have something new, something dependable where we can actively say, yes, the water will be on.”

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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