Dakota and Thurston Counties weigh new options for water supply
Water is something that we can't live without. And, people in Dakota and Thurston County, Nebraska, want it to keep flowing.
That's why they're weighing their options which could potentially include a whole new way to get water.
Some cities, in Dakota and Thurston counties, are reporting issues with distribution, and demand when it comes to their water, which comes from wells. Some have even dealt with contamination from damaged wells.
"Those are reoccurring problems, and they're going to keep reoccurring in the future, but instead of just looking independently at solutions, the idea of making this appraisal study is that maybe there's another option of regionalization," said Lucas Billesbach a project manager with JEO Consulting Group.
Lucas Billesbach is a project manager with JEO a consulting group that has been studying water issues in the two counties.
"We're looking at providing dependable and good quality water supply. That's something that some of these communities don't have today, or it something that some of these communities have today, but they're paying a premium water cost to get it," Billesbach said.
A grant from the U-S Bureau of Reclamation, funded JEO's appraisal study on existing rural water systems in Dakota and Thurston Counties in Nebraska. They said the first option could be to do nothing, and make improvements as needed.
The second alternative is to construct a regional water system that supplies water to both counties.
The third and fourth options only connect communities within Dakota, or Thurston counties, respectively, to the existing rural water districts.
The City administrator of South Sioux City said his city has seen a huge increase in industrial demand, and is looking forward to the next stages of this study.
"I think it does make sense that by working together, we can help solve needs, keep our costs down, and provide redundant water to all of the communities and areas," Lance Hedquist, City Administrator for South Sioux City said.
After taking in all of the public's feedback, JEO plans to add it to a report they will present later in December on the final findings of their appraisal study.