Wilcox County Residents Meet to Discuss County's Water Problems


By Ashley Thompson

Residents there are outraged about the county's water problems.

County commissioners were scheduled to meet with residents about the issues but the meeting was cancelled because three of them were out of town. But that didn't stop some residents from taking a stand.

It was a full house at what was supposed to be the Wilcox County Commission meeting. The meeting was called off last week but that didn't stop angry residents from coming out and voicing their outrage about the county's water problems.

"We might wake up tomorrow, we might not even have water," says resident Marie Love Carter.

Last month, Wilcox County commissioners voted to break a contract they had with ClearWater, leaving the county in charge of managing the water supply. Since then, residents tell us some people have been left without water, while water has overflowed in other areas.

"They got rid of a company that knew what they were doing," says Minnie Love Starworth. "They were certified and qualified, they knew what they were doing. Clearwater knew what they were doing and now people are hired and they don't know what they're doing. They could have hired me."

A meeting was scheduled for Monday evening but was cancelled because some commissioners had other plans. Two did show up to address concerns, Commissioner William Albritton and Commissioner John Moton.

"People are without water some days," says Moton. "Some days they have water. The water department hasn't been officially hired yet."

Water operators are now managing the county's water. Ken Wilder is one of them. He says he was brought in to save the county money.

"I've been running Mills Ferry water for 17 years and before that I was the mayor of Camden and I've dealt with water treatment plants and so I figure I'm pretty well qualified."

But John Matthews, who is a former Wilcox County commissioner says he doesn't believe money is the issue.

"Clearwater is still getting the same amount that they were getting when they first came here in 88, i mean 2008, and that was about 41 thousand," he says. "So everything else has gone up considering the inflation since then."


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