Global Positioning System satellites will be used to digitally map Alabama's municipal and rural public water systems, providing a grid-like view of water lines that can aid water systems during shortages, help statewide water resource planning, and support industrial recruitment.
Governor Bob Riley made the announcement today and said the mapping project will be funded with a combination of federal, state and local resources.
"This project is a substantial undertaking, but one that is truly worth the effort," said Riley. "This map will be a valuable tool for communities across the state. It will help with economic development, water sharing during times of emergency, and even with improving fire safety."
The mapping system will enable water systems to plan development and better serve customers by being able to quickly locate water lines and other features. Fire departments also can use the map to locate existing hydrants and determine the best sites for future hydrants to improve fire safety and help reduce home insurance rates.
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