Sen. Akbari files clean drinking water bill to protect Memphis water supply

Pipeline debate inspires preservation measures for Memphis Sand aquifer, the source of drinking water for 1 million people

A “great lake” underground: The city of Memphis sits above a geologic formation called the Memphis Sand, a massive mix of sand, clay and silt. With the Mississippi River flowing above, this sand formation becomes saturated — acting as both an underwater reservoir called an aquifer and as a natural water filter. For generations, the Memphis Sand aquifer has provided some of the world’s best drinking water to Memphians.
Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis)
The water fountains at Civic Center Plaza in downtown Memphis



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