Lanett citizens concerned over water Emergency Declaration

LANETT, Ala.- Shalanda Wright keeps a watchful eye on her water–so she was shocked to see an Emergency Declaration from Mayor Kyle McCoy posted in the City Hall.


It states that 5 of 7 variable frequency drivers at the Waste Treatment Plant are out of order, and that may cause raw sewage to spill into ground water, rivers and streams.

Wright’s son lives near Flint, Michigan, where lead in the water is at a crisis state. “With that in mind, I’m constantly checking to make sure that our water is secure. And by this coming up as a red flag for me today, I want answers,” Wright said.

We reached out to the plant, who referred us to Mayor McCoy. He said the situation has been resolved since city council unanimously agreed to an emergency purchase. “This was simply a replacement of a computer system in there so we can control the drives automatically opposed to what we have been doing, which is manually,” Mayor McCoy told News 3.

He says the plant is fully functioning and there has not been any spillage.

But Wright isn’t taking any changes. “This is something that has to do with our well-being. So I wanted to make sure that our citizens are okay,” she said.




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