Bear Creek declares state of emergency

BEAR CREEK  -  A state of emergency has been declared by the Town of Bear Creek in order to remedy the long-standing problem of needing to install backflow valves at two water meters or risk contamination issues.
The issue of installing backflow valves at water tanks at the area of the former Townsend store and on Cherry Hill Road has never been officially voted upon by the Bear Creek Town Council, but was allegedly voted upon by the board for the Upper Bear Creek Water Filtration Plant 10 years ago. However, the time came to take action at the Bear Creek Council’s meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23, which was a continuation of a meeting Monday, Sept. 21, where no action could be taken due to a lack of a quorum.
Bear Creek Mayor Mayor Tammie Batchelor said the state of emergency was needed not only due to the town’s water issue, but also the health and welfare of the town’s citizens.
The item on the agenda dealt with the town’s water system including water loss, water meter backflow valve issues, as well as  help the town has received from the Alabama Rural Water Association to resolve these issues.
“We know there are no backflow valves on the Townsend meter or the Cherry Hill meter,” Batchelor began.
It was estimated the project to install the backflow values would cost $18,974.72 in just parts, with another  estimated $10,000 in labor, at a minimum, town officials said. These costs  do not include needed equipment, she added.
“It’s a situation that is going to have to be handled,” Batchelor pointed out. The  mayor held up pictures of the backflow valves needed at each meter, as submitted to her by James Robinson of Robinson and Sons in Haleyville.  Robinson was at the meeting to explain the reason the backflow valves are needed.


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