Officials in Spring Hill, Tennessee, are scrambling to keep up with the water needs of its burgeoning population. The city is among the fastest-growing regions in the United States.
Municipal authorities have embarked upon a number of sewer repair and expansion projects to accommodate the larger population, which has more than quadrupled in the last decade, according to The Tennessean. In addition, the city is set to spend millions of dollars on other projects, including a new water treatment facility and a new 1.5 million-gallon water tank to replace the town's current 100,000 gallon tank.
In 2009, village officials also set water conservation rules governing when residents could water their lawns during the summer months. These rules were put in place to ensure the town had enough water to maintain an adequate supply, according to the news source.
Tennessee's population grew at about the same rate as the rest of the country over the last decade, though there were pockets of significant growth, according to The Times Free Press, which cites numbers from the U.S. Census Department. Among the state's major metropolitan areas, Nashville and Chattanooga experienced the biggest growth.