TUPELO, Miss. (AP/WTVA) -- A rural water association has permission to drill wells despite the city of Tupelo's opposition, but the dispute could be headed to a settlement.
The Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board affixed six permits they issued in March to the North Lee County Water Association for groundwater withdrawal.
The permit board heard more than five hours of testimony in the case Tuesday after Tupelo requested a hearing.
Tupelo could appeal the finding to chancery court, but lawyers for both sides say a settlement may be near.
The city annexed part of the water association's territory and says that because it must run water lines for fire hydrants, it could easily provide surface water.