The Cottonwood Water system currently is available to customers for nearly 25% of Houston County. In addition to the Town of Cottonwood, the system provides the only reliable source of water for firefighting in southeastern Houston County for the Lucy and Lovetown areas as well as the rural areas between these sections (an approximate 100 square mile area). The system uses three wells and three elevated storage tanks to supply potable water and water for firefighting. The Cottonwood water system also supplies water to the Town of Madrid. It is never ending battle to keep the system compliant with all applicable State and Federal standards. In addition to the upkeep of the water and sewer systems throughout town, the maintenance crew routinely handles a variety of jobs related to town owned property and streets.