RC&D grant provides filter system for LaGrange College site | Local News – Alabama News

RC&D grant provides filter system for LaGrange College site | Local News – Alabama News

LAGRANGE – A water filtration system has corrected a problem at the LaGrange College site that Amanda Skipworth summed up with one word — “awful.”

“(The water use to turn) all our white (clothes) brown. We had to buy all new whites and linens, and we couldn’t drink or cook with the water,” said Skipworth, who along with her husband and daughter live in the caretaker’s house at the old college site on LaGrange Mountain.

She said a test of the water determined it had a high level of iron.

“It was picking up stuff from inside the well,” said L.C. Lenz, who along with his wife, Louise, oversee the park and are members of the LaGrange Historical Association. “People couldn’t drink the water. We had to do something.”

The LaGrange site is a popular tourist attraction with re-enactments during Recall LaGrange in May, and the annual Christmas in the Country in November.

Louise Lenz turned to the Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Council for help. She said thanks to a $3,400 grant, there is no longer a water issue.

Using the grant money, a water filter system for the well was installed, which is now furnishing the caretaker’s house as well as the rest of the park with good, clean usable water.

“The well is 120 feet deep, and we try to keep the pump off the bottom, usually about 85 feet deep, but it would still pick up trash, sand and debris in the well, and then pump it up. It would stop up the lines and cause the water to be bad,” L.C. Lenz said. “Now, with the filtration system, that’s not…

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