Witt City Council Seeks Input Into Water Issues

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The city of Witt has a decision to make about the future of its water operation, and the city council wants residents to have input before the decision is made.

In short, the council needs to decide between rebuilding its water treatment plant or contracting with a private cooperative to provide city water.  A public forum will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, before the council meeting at city hall on West Broadway.

Witt has been contracting with EJ Water Cooperative of Dieterich to operate its water system since November, but the long-term problem is the aging water plant that will not meet upcoming EPA regulations, according to the operator.

Refurbishing the plant could raise water rates between $12 and $24, depending upon the availability of grant funding according to EJ Water estimates.  Instead, they believe they can supply water to Witt at a cheaper price than the city could produce on its own.

“That’s what we want to get from the people,” Witt Mayor Jim VanOstran said.  “How do they want to move forward with this.”

EJ believes that the money they could save the city in water costs could be invested in replacing aging water mains and the wastewater system.

EJ Water is a non-profit cooperative founded in 1989 that serves more than 20 communities.

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