CARTER COUNTY, Tn. -

An area that once didn't have enough water, now does.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday celebrated the opening of a new surface water plant in Carter County.

The plant finally opened after tough times with financing. It had to sell $8.5 million of municipal bonds, and the city of Elizabethton gave a capital contribution of $5 million.

Bryon Trantham, director of the Watauga Regional Water Authority, says the plant will serve plenty of Carter County residents.

"It's the only surface water plant in the entire county, and it has the capabilities of producing 2 million gallons of water a day with a footprint in place to produce 4 million gallons a day. With a little bit of engineering, we can go to 8 million gallons a day."

Trantham says he hopes the plant will one day supply enough water for all of Carter County.