Water Shortage Issues Continue to Plague the City of Hamilton

| January 20, 2013
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The city of Hamilton imposed stage three water conservation restrictions earlier this month.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to City Administrator Dale Wallace:

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According to the city official, council continues to research possible solutions to the problem.  “We are still pursuing supplement sources from the north and the south,” said Wallace,” Our engineers are working on connections to neighboring public water districts.  Other than that, from the spillway where we measure it, we are slightly over halfway down to where the water would gravity flow into the plant.”

The administrator said this means an answer will need to be determined in the near future.  “Given current usage and no moisture to speak of, we think that would probably take place late-spring or early summer,” said Wallace,” That doesn’t mean we would be out of water.  It just means we will need to come up with another way to get it into the plant.  By then, we anticipate supplement hook-ups to be in place.”

Until the exact plan of action is determined, the cost to the city for the project remains unknown.  “We are still determining that,” said Wallace,” In the next couple of weeks, we will be negotiating buying water certainly from our south anyway.  I don’t know the cost of connecting to the line  and putting in a valve right now.  We expect to have those figures by the next council meeting in February.”

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