Residents of Hamilton will soon be able to breathe easy knowing their city’s water supply won’t go dry any time soon. Click to hear KMZU’s Brian Lock talk with City Administrator Dale Wallace:
“In the City of Hamilton we have a reservoir out here west of town that was quite frankly running out of water,” Wallace said. “Last January we decided the best and most reasonable source of water around us was Lock Springs, Missouri. So we started the long and very difficult process of going from Lock Springs under the river through Daviess County and hooking on to that water source for a supplemental supply of water. ”
The entire project costs about $1.5 million, and Wallace says it wouldn’t be possible without the loan and grant received from the United States Department of Agriculture.
“So what it is, in essence, is a new 8 inch water line from the water plant in Lock Springs, under the river through Daviess County, and then us meeting them at the county line and bringing it on into town,” stated Wallace. “The total project is $1.5 million and of that we are financing $1 million of it through a low-interest loan and grant and the rest of it we had on hand from previous bond issues.”
In addition to the $1.5 million being spent on the project, voters in Hamilton approved a $4 million tax measure to update the city’s dated water infrastructure.
Wallace said that the project has been underway for more than a month, and that the water should be ready for use by citizens in Hamilton by early this Summer.