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The Athens Municipal Water Authority looks to the future on Wednesday when they discuss and possibly take action on a long term plan for water development.

The board of directors discussed the developmement plan at a workshop on May 8.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the AMWA headquarters on Farm-to-Market-Road 2495.

"Water development is why we exist," said Office Manager Beth McConnell. "It's an important meeting."

 The AMWA states that it owns and maintains Lake Athens, to provide raw, untreated, wholesale water to the City of Athens. The City of Athens then treats, sells, and distributes water to their customer's homes in the City of Athens.

The Wednesday agenda calls for the board to discuss and consider a resolution prioritizing capital infrastructure projects of the Authority. Also included is whether to authoriize Executive Director Bill Casey to execute an engineering services agreement with S.D. Kallman, L.P. for Powder River Ranch Phase 1 for a well, storage tank and pump house.

The Powder River plan will lessen the city's dependence on Lake Athens water. AMWA has drilled eight test wells on the Powder River tract and Franks tract off FM 2495 to give Athens a potential water supply for decades. The wells are planned for contingency in the event of a severe drought.

The Powder River project will include building the well, plant and pump station. The water from the new well will not have to run through the water treatment plant before it can be used.

Other agenda items on Wednesday call for:

• discussion of the 2020 budget;

• a presentation concerning a request to move the No Wake buoys slighlty further east;

• an executive session to discuss the contract of Executive Director Bill Casey, and possible action on the contract.

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