Tracking Water In East Tennessee

Knoxville (WVLT) - As you know, East Tennessee is under extreme drought conditions.

Blount officials have enacted water restrictions to reserve what water they do have.

Volunteer TV's Lauren Davis talked to Tennessee representatives in Washington Wednesday and joins us with their reaction.

Hopes for rain are drying up in East Tennessee as are the business operations here.

With extensive population growth 5 years ago, Maryville started looking for plans for more water, and now these plans might start flowing sooner due to drought conditions.

Maryville Director of Water Quality Control Jeff Rose says, "Most economical seems to be working with Alcoa with a raw water line that would free up little river water."

Senator Bob Corker says it's the worst drought our state has seen in 118 years.

Senator Corker has visited a number of communities to see the affects firsthand. He says in a written statement to Volunteer TV.

Senator Bob Corker says, "We're continuing to monitor the situation and stay engaged with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and local officials to explore any and all federal assistance that may be available."

Congressman Jimmy Duncan says the entire congressional delegation across both aisles is working on solutions for the drought problems especially for farmers.

Tennessee has been declared a disaster area which makes farmers eligible for low interest emergency loans from farm service agencies.

Congressman Jimmy Duncan says, There's not a whole lot more we can do there is relief in farm bill making it's way through Congress."

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen formed a drought task force in June who meets weekly to discuss issues and solutions related to the drought.

His office stresses the need for you to conserve fresh water in your home during these dry times.

Maryville water officials haven't said how soon the plans for new water lines could begin, but they're trying to do something soon.

Plant capacity is currently at 65 percent and they have to look for new sources at 80 percent.

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