US Supreme Court decides not to hear water dispute case

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The US Supreme Court is staying out of a dispute between Memphis and Mississippi.

The state of Mississippi claims the city of Memphis is pumping too much water out of an aquifer shared by the two states.

Mississippi took it's claim that Memphis was stealing water all the way to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court decided Monday not to hear the case.

Mayor AC Wharton breathed a sigh of relief.

"I am elated," Wharton said.

Wharton said the long court battle may have deterred industries from coming to Memphis.

"There are industries that depend on good, clean water that doesn't have to be treated," Wharton said.  

Mississippi leaders said Memphis is pumping water from Mississippi and depleting its water supplies.

MLGW said their wells go straight into the ground and are not slanted to pull water from Mississippi.

DeSoto County still has a case pending against MLGW and the city, and there is a possible class action lawsuit as well.

The lead attorney on the case said the arguments are the same as the case the Supreme Court decided not to hear.

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